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The experimental blade that Eric Ander- 
son tested performed extremely well in 
dressing game animals, though the 
author was unable to give It the (lex test. 
Here, ABS master smith Rick Dunkerley 
performs the test on a blade at the 
author's Willow Bow Ranch. 

The knife previously had passed some 
extremely demanding tests requiring high 
levels of toughness and strength. It then 

proved itself beyond my expeetations on 
wild game. In my opinion, the knife defi- 
nitely qualifies as a high-performance blade 
in this application. While most of you who 
read this would never have the opportunity 
to work this many animals, the objective of 
:i high-performance knife is to exceed the 
owner's expectations, By proving her 
performance qualities in marathons such as 
this, you can be confident she is able to 
serve man well. 

Cut is only one aspect of the high- 
performance knife. There are many other 
issues to consider. First, the knife must be 
designed in such .1 manna thai is consistent 
with the blade's intended use. or possess 
functional balance. Troy and Eric, both 
skilled professionals, selected knives iliej. 
fell possessed the functional balance lor the 
work they needed them to do. 

Vext issue, the author explores knife safety, 
real-life situations Involving knife perfor- 
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MARCH 2001 

BLADE / 57 


12 Just Call Them Sharp 

Ik-re they arc the Blade Magazine 2001 Knives Of The Year! 
Bj Steve Shackfejbrd 

24 Dual Realms off Art and Function 

Revel in Darrel Ralph's diverse stable ol'liatulniades. 
By Dexler Ewing 

30 Forged Hot & Hammered Sharp 

Celebrate Ove ABS's host knives and stellar deeds over die pasl year. Br HI.ADL - \laff 

42 Heavy on the Heavy Duty 

For robust field jobs, consider a sunn blade from Tactical-OPS USA. By David K Steele 

50 Leading Edge of The West 

Plan now to attend the new-look BLAD1 Show West By BLADE) ■naff 

56 Q&A: Hand Tools for Beginning Bladesmiths 

Tilings every novice should know about longs and hammers, Br Wayne Goddard 

60 Ultimate Guide To Damascus Steel 

Here's your road map for identifying the many different patterns. By Joe Kenzman 

66 The Man Who Carried Knife makers 

liob Schrimsher enters I he Cutlery Hall Of fame and it's about time! By BLADE* sltfff 

72 Rebel With A Cause 

See If Cold Steel's hi-tech' retro Ti-Lite can ace "S(kc Sheet." By MSCt Kim Breed 

74 Hot One-Handers in the Mid-Range 

Do ihc factory best sellers m the SI 50 area match your choices'.' By Mike Haskew 

1 08 How To Work With Lawmakers On Knife Laws 

The more professional and nryaiii/cd your approach, the better your chances By Mike lla\ke\v\ 

118 The Definitive Knife Event 

Revisit the hoi handmade* of a steel spectacular the BLADE Show. By Sieve Shackfefbrd 

1 24 Welcome to Knife Central 

Guzzle the factory knives 

thai debuted al the BLADE Show. By Joe Ki-rtzman 





Readers Respond 

100 Classified Acts 


Cover Story 

101 What's New 



105 Ad Index 


The Knife I Carry 

106 K n i femak er Showcase 


Randall Answer Man 

112 Nexl \n BLADE 


Your Knife Rights 

112 Where To Get 'Em 


BLADE Sboppe 

113 Ed Fowler's "Knife Talk" 


Show Calendar 

116 Handmade Gallery 



130 Clyde Fischer Succumbs 



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readers respond 

This Is Your Column! And we want to know what you think. Do 
you like what you've read in BLADE®? Do you have a 
complaint? A suggestion? An opinion you'd like to share with the 
largest knife audience in the wortd-75,000 readers per issue? 

Mail your comments to: BLADE, P.O. Box 789, Ooltewah. TN 
37363-0789, or visit our web site: www.blademag.com or e-mail: 
blade@krause.com. We reserve the right to edit your comments 
to fit the space available. 

Toxicity Isn't Limited To Vanadium 

I'm writing to express some concern about 
a warning you printed in "Carbides: Keys 
To Cut" in the September BLADE®. The 
warning states that anyone who works with 
vanadium should approach it with caution 
because it can be toxic. 

Toxicity of materials is not limited to 
vanadium. In fact, the following elements 
contained in many or all steels arc also listed 
as hazardous: chromium, aluminum, cobalt, 
copper, manganese, nickel and selenium, as 
well as vanadium. Additionally, elements 
such as carbon, columbium. iron, molybde- 
num, titanium and tungsten can cause respi- 
ratory problems if inhaled as dust or fumes. 

Because of these known problems, all 
material suppliers are required to provide an 
MSDS sheet that describes all the elements 
and'or compounds contained in a product, 
the hazards associated with same, and 
recommendations for proper safety precau- 
tions. At Crucible, we provide a copy of the 
MSDS sheet to all of our customers yearly. 
Our tool steels have been used in industrial 
environments for years without problem as 
long as our safety recommendations are 
followed. If you're interested in our MSDS 
sheet, contact me at Crucible, 5639 W. 
Genesee St.. Camillas. NY 13031 (315) 
487-0800 or (800) 365-1 185 rbarberfa 
crucibleservice.com . 

Richard T. Barber, director of Technology 
and Quality Assurance. Crucible Steel 

Glesser Commendation 

I thoroughly enjoyed "Carbides: Keys To 
Cut" in the September BLADE. I think it 
was very well done and provided a great 
deal of accurate information. You and your 
resources arc to be commended. Keep up 
the good work. 

Sal Glesser. Spyderca, Golden. Colorado 

The Ke/.in Bowie Impact 

J.R. Edmondson's two-part story on 
Rezin Bowie ("The Man Who Claimed 
He Invented The Bowie," July and August 
BLADE) was very much appreciated by this 
aficionado of Bowie lore and legend. 

Of special interest was the Jesse Clifft 


It's come to my attention thai many 
people in the knife field have begun to 
use the word custom lo describe handmade 
knives and other blades that aren't neces- 
sarily custom made. I would like to offer 
definitions for handmade, custom and 
some other pertinent terms: 

Handmade: Made by hand or a hand 
process (from Webster's Seventh New 
Collegiate Dictionary), 

Handmade Knife: The blade and/or 
handle are held in the hand and applied to 
the shaping medium (grinder, etc.), or the 
blade or handle is fixed in place and the 
tuning or shaping medium is held in the 
hand and applied to the blade or handle. 

Benchmade Knife: When Bob Love- 
less used the term in 1968 or '69, he 
intended it to be an elegant way of saying 
handmade. It has since become a term to 
cover machine-made parts used in making 
knives. Further, it's a registered trademark 
belonging to Benchmade USA of Portland, 
Oregon. It is not, therefore, available— 
without Benchmade USA's express 
permission— for other people to use in 
describing their knives. 

Custom: Made or performed accord- 
ing to personal order. 

Custom Knife: When the customer 
has input into the shape or material in a 
knife, then that knife is custom made. This 
can be a factory or a handmade knife. If 
Buck puts an ivory handle on a Model 1 10 
at a customer's request, then that is as 
custom as if It were done by the maker of 
handmade knives. Selecting a knife shape 
from a catalog or Web site and then select- 
ing options from a list of available handle 
materials docs not make a knife a custom 

A.G, Russell, Springdale, Arkansas 

knife sketched by Jim Batson for the second 
part of Edmondson's article. I clearly recall 
that style of knife most often being referred 
to as a Rezin Bowie knife from the late 
['Mil's nil the mid-'60's. It was sometime 
after the Daniel Searles bowie went on 
display at the Alamo that credit for its design 
shifted to Searles. and this Mediterranean- 
stylc knife became the Searles bowie. 

And certainly. I'm not the only "knife- 

knut" who has noticed the resemblance of 
the Rezin-Searles-Mediterranean bowie to 
today's popular French chcfs'kitchcn knife. 
In fact, that blade's configuration can be 
traced to ancient Rome. 

Still, I give credence to Rezin Bowie for 
the innovation of the Mediterranean style. 
Then, with the addition of a crossguard, his 
hunting/utility knife became a 
military. combat piece, as Rezin got caught 
up in the drama and'iexcitement of the bowie 
km IV m>siu|ue And while it's nol tm 
favorite bowie. the Rezin mode! may be the 
true ancestor of all that followed 

My personal favorite will always be the 
Smithsonian/Iron Mistress by Bo Randall. 
Maybe I've missed it, but I've never seen the 
actual knife from the Smithsonian Institution 
depicted in any knife publication. Have you? 

And. with the 50th anniversary of The 
Iron Mistress movie coming up. you should 
do a special story on il in BLADE. Do you 
have any such plans? 

Bill Can ley. Charleston, South Carolina 

Editor 's note: According lo Pete Hamilton, 
past Randall shop foreman, a picture of the 
Randall Smithsonian/Iron Mistress on 
display in the Smithsonian Institution has 
never been published in a knife magazine. 
Meanwhile, BLADE will present a special 
story on the golden anniversary of the movie 
based on Paul Wellman 's book in an 
upcoming issue. 

Indy's Khyber Knife 

Thank you for the privilege of reading the 
most complete publication on cutlery 
extant! My subscription renewal is in the 

Perhaps you could help locate a blade 
I'm trying to find: a Khyber bowie from the 
movie. Indiana Jones and the Temple of 
Doom. Do you perhaps recall seeing it or 
know a source for it? Any help would be 
most happily received. 

Vern Dougherty, address n/a 

United Cutlery marketed the piece, which 
was inspired by the mid- '80 's movie, some 
years ago. For more information, contact 
United Cut I en: aim: J. Hall. Dept. BLIt. 
1425 United. ' Sevierville, TN 37862 (8651 
428-2532. Blade 

6 / BLADE 


cover story 

Though designed more as a hunter's hell 
knife. Darrel Ralph's AreLite ALB 
doubles as a heavy-duty neck piece. The 4- 
inch D-2 blade and the comfortable, 
contoured carbon- fiber handle are built for 
healthy cutting tasks in the kitchen or 

The sheath is "carbon- fiber-look" 
Cortcealex and comes with a reversible clip 
for ambidextrous bell carry. Maker's list 
price for the entire package: S275. 

In addition to D-2, A re Lite ALB blades 
also come in a selection of STOV. D-2M — 
Ihe latter a modified version of D-2 with 
added chromium -Talonite H'. Mike Morris 
damaseus, the maker's forged damascus. 
52100 and "all other high-performance 
blade steels." Check with the maker for 
pricing on these blade material options. 

For a more affordable (S27.'J5 MSRP). 
spartan version of the AreLite ALB, check 
out the AreLite from Camillus. a 
factory/custom collaboration between the 
company ami Ralph, and also the Blade 
Magazine 2001 Besl Buy Of The Year (for 
more on it and the other Blade Magazine 
2001 Knives Of The Year, see the story on 
page 12). 

For more on the AreLite ALB and 
Ralph knives in general, contact the maker 
at Dept. BLI1, 4185 S. State Route #605. 
Galena, OH 43021 (740) %S-9 U ?0 dr@ 
darrelralph.com or www.darrelralph.com, 
or sec his profile on page 24. 

The cover photo is by Ross Hubbard. 


Technology with an Edge 

The Technology 
The Edge 

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Kershaw's "shaving-shafp" edge 
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.. 420HC stainless 

.410 stainless 


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Weight -J.9 oz. 

Model 1620 
MSRP S49.95 

Model 1620ST 
partially serrated 
(not shown) 
MSRP $49.95 

Blade 2 \t* In. (5.9cm ) 

Sleel 420HC stainless 

Handle Polyamide 

Lock Locking liner 

Closed .„.] 1/4 In. (84cm.) 
Weight _2_3 ot 


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Blade Show 

May 31, June 1, 2, 2002 
In Atlanta's Cobb Galleria Centre 


Friday, May 31: 2pm - 7pm Saturday, June 1: 9am - 6pm 

Sunday, June 2: 9am - 4pm 

Show Highlights 

• American Biadesmith Society 
Annual Convention 

• Special Knifennakers Guild Section 

• FREE "Super Seminars" 

• Blade Magazine's 2002 Knife-of- 
the-Year and Handmade Awards 

Prizes last year included this 
beautiful Ray Skin Briefcase 
by Adam Unltd. 

For more information on Adam Unltd. see, "Where To Get Em," 

• 2002 BLADE Magazine Cutlery 
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• The World's Top Collections 

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m By Steve Shackleford 

Knife Awards and The 
Legacy of Don Hastings 

If you've been rending It LADE for ihe 
pasl several years, you may have noliecd 
thai the November issue frequenily is 
whal might be termed ihe "bring-honie-ihe- 
hardware edition." In other words, it's 
usually the issue in which the Blade Maga- 
zine Knives 01* The Year, the BL.ADH 
Show custom knife awards, the annual 
honors presented by the American Bladc- 
smilh Society to its members, and the Blade 
Magazine Cutlery Hall Of Fame 
indue Limits | are announced. 

There are those who dismiss such 
awards as being loo sell-congratulatory and 
self-serving! thai the honors often are a 
veiled means of "sucking up." currying 
favor or otherwise positioning the presen- 
ters or winners for sonic untold pay hack in 
the future. While 1 can't absolutely guaran- 
tee thai such has never, ever happened, to 
call all such honors simply back-scratching 
or ^\' hitle or no merit misses the point 

Growing up in the late *6(J's and *70"s, I 
observed and experienced much af the anti- 
establishment mood of the times. I Ice k, I 
was about as anti-establishment as one 
could get. especially in Ihe late "f>l)"s and 
'70's when I was on the outside of the 
establishment looking in. In fact. I was 
pretty good ai trashing something of which I 
was pretty much totally ignorant and 
figured no mailer how incorrectly — I 
would never be a member 

Flash forward a few years to the mid-io- 
late 1980's, Having traded in my kms, hail 
and most of my college idealism several 
years previous for a career of "journalism 
on the edge" with HLADI'., I was browsing 
through the pages of a competing knife 
magazine one day when I spied a letter to 
the editor lambasting Ihe behavior of certain 
ABS members at Ihe BLADE Show. The 
writer said the "brown nosing" of ABS 
higher-ups by certain ABS members was so 
blatant thai the sound of "lips smacking 
bullocks" echoed throughout the show hall. 
While lhen-fl/..-l/>i" art director Jim Sasse 
and I hee-hawed at the letter writer's refer- 

ence at ihe time, it was a like kind of ami- 
establishment mentality 1 had once 
subscribed lo and, as a 48-year-old bnnied- 
oul ex-hippy wannabe, still slip into from 
time lo tunc. 

While the letter writer wasn't speaking 
of any specific award given by the ABS, he 
might as well have been And tiny such 

condemnation of the awards systems 
employed by ihe ABS or BLADE, The 
Knife makers' Ciiiild. knife shows or 
whomever in Ihe cutlery industry is sorely 
misplaced. Here's why: 

While there may be main reasons foi 
awards, sometimes (hey are given simply 
because, believe it or not. the honorecs have 
actually, earned litem. Period. Moreover, 
olhei times such honors are invaluable as 
industry yardsticks like the Blade Maga- 
zine K ni fc-Of-The- Year Awards to help 

consumers identify some of today's top 
factory knives or m gauge a production 
company's performance over an extended 
length of lime. 

Meanwhile, awards are not just a way of 
honoring a person in the present hut also of 
ensuring that the honorec is never forgotten 

Think about it. It's pretty hard to 
remember somebody when they're six feet 
under terra tirimi. In such instances, the old 
saying "out of sight out of mind" may never 
he so appropriate. As a wise person once 
said, for ihe \ast majority of us. after you're 
dead and buried, other than family and 
friends, people wall soon forget what you 
looked like, much less your name. 

Consequently, in addition to honoring a 
person in ihe here and now. an award also 
perpetuates that person's memory. As 
noted, in mosi instances, such awards are 


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Awards both salute the honorees in the here and now and serve as a kind of historical 
reference as well. Van Barnett (left) holds the award-winning knife and Schrade's Tim 
Faust clutches the Blade Magazine 2001 Collaboration Of The Year Award tor the 
Schrade Van Barnett during the 2001 BLADE Show. 

10 /BLADE 


recorded in some form or fashion and, 
when someone comes across that person's 
name as having won an award, they may 
ask around and say, "Hey. who was this 
guy?" And then, just maybe. scimebod> else 
will have some information on the award 
winner and the award winner will "live 
again," even if only for an instant. 

Some would argue that, in the grand 
scheme of things, such perpetuation really 
doesn't mean a lull of beans. I disagree. In 
a way. i! does. 

"Is it self-serving for 

me to write about my 

winning the award? 

You bet!" — the author 

The same goes for an award named in a 
person's honor, such as the Don Hastings 
Ward. Ulii' was l>un Hastings'.' He whs 
one of the founders of the ABS, a God- fear- 
ing man and one of the first modem smiths 
to reproduce damaseus steel, lie dedicated 
his life to his faith and his family and doled 
out generous helpings of his bladesmithing 
knowledge to anybody who was interested. 
Hastings died in I 'JN6 and the award named 
in his honor has been given by the ABS 
every year since. According to the Ameri- 
can Biaik'smiih journal, the "Don Hastings 
Award is the [ABS's] most prestigious 
award. It is conferred to a person or persons 
who lite A US feels has done something 
outstanding for the forged blade or blade- 
smithing following the tradition remem- 
bered by all who knew Mr, Don Hastings," 

At the ABS's annual awards banquet 
during the 2(101 BI.ADFi Show, it was the 
duty of the 20(H) winner of the Don Hust- 
ings Award. Joe Drouin, to present the 
2001 honor to yours truly, is it self-serving 
for me to write about my winning the 
award? You bet! But it's also my way of 
emphasizing just how significant the Don 
Hastings Award is not because I won it 
hut because the honor is held in such lug It 
esteem by the ABS and how genuine and 
great a human being I lasttngs truly was. 

As the aforementioned wise person 
once said, "If you hang around in the knife 
business long enough, you're bound to win 
a few- awards," Well. I've been around for a 
while. But if 1 never win another honor, to 
have my name mentioned in the same 
breath as the Don Hastings Award is more 
than enough for this little ol' country editor. 

It is with great sadness that Rf.ADE recog- 
nizes the passing of Dr. Carl M. Nelson, 62, 
president of Texarkana College, who died 
suddenly July 9 on the Texarkana College 
campus. A staunch friend of bladesmithing 
and instrumental in the administration of 
the Hill Moran School of Bladesmithing, 
Nelson also was a past recipient of the Don 
Hastings Award. 





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patented design which 

locks open, locks closed. 

Knifemakrr Michael Walker says, "When 1 applied thumb 
studs to my lucking liners in the Ws. it occurred to me that it 
could be the basis tor an internal link. I was granted the 
patent fur the BladeU >CK'"" and have made many 
custom versions," C'KKT is ixtiml to offer die 
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Very different from the spring 

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Hie Hku.lel .( H.K opens and closes with 
one hand using ihe thumb stud, just like 
your favorite locking liner folder. 

Kmfemaker. artist and 
inventor Michael Walker 


Unlike other folders, the BhdeLQCK locks closed, for top 
safety and security. This feature allows safe carry, regardless 
of where the knife isdipj>il. including secure tipup carry. 


The AUS tiM Stainless steel blade is a Walker Clip Point in 
satin finish, pivoting on Teflon' bearings, fbeopea design 
420J2 stainless steel frame receives a contrasting bead blast 
finish. Black ZyUT is used for the back spacer, lock covers, 
and stales lorx laslcncrs are used throughout ;md the 
I i-fkii! plated stainless steel elolhiug/gear clip is removable. 
You have lo handle one at your specialty retailer !o know 
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Solid Steet-on-Steel Lock Bar System 
The hardened stainless steel lock tsar 
inside the blade makes a precision wedge 
tit into Vie lock channels machined into the 
stainless steal frame, creating a super 
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locks closed. US Patent No. 4,973,301. 

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4013: Combined Razor-Sharp and 
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Cutting edge: 3.25" (S3 cm) 
Thickness: 0, 14' (0.35 cm) 
Steel- AUS6M, 55-57 HftC 

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Revel in the production industry's most 
coveted cutlery awards 
— the Blade Magazine By steve shackhhrd 

2001 Knives Of The Year 

Overall K nili- or I he Year 

The general shape, tea lures ami materials 

combine to offer the Masters Of Defense 

COD Mark V ATM' (Advanced Tactical) 

Fighter utility in the field and what M.O.P.'s 

Jim Ray calls "effective combat capabilities." 

According to Ray. the visually prominent 

"striker hilt" is designed in pan for combat 

uses by military, law enforcement, etc 

I lie lull also i. in lv used to penetrate or 

pry without compromising the blade 


The Mark V blade features A-2 steel and 

a reeur\c shape on the bottom edge to 

move the weight toward the lip. The 

forward hias accentuates ihe ability to chop 

or hack through material. The ghiss- 

f tiled nylon handle is designed to be 

impervious to petroleum distillates, 

insecticides and temperatures up to 

41)11 I . and is virtually shatterproof. 

"Wing-walk" inserts, side hills 

designed by Duane Dieter, and a 

computer-formulated ribbing pattern 

enhance gripping. The sleel but leap 

can he used as a hammer. 

American-Made Knife Of The Year 

The Kershaw Black Chive is a Ken Onion 
design with his Speed- Safe assisted-opening 
mechanism and a boron-carbide finish, all in 
a smaller, more affordable package. "We 
wauled to provide knife users with an 
opportunity to own our exciting Speed-Safe 
technology in a size 12 7/8 inches closed] 
that much of the industry doesn't address." 
Kershaw's Doug Klagg said. "And the boron 
carbide is a very cool finish." 

According to Kershaw, the boron 
carbide is incredibly durable 93-^5 RC on 
the Rockwell hardness scale. A Kershaw 
news release says the finish is "chip, crack 
and peel resistant, coals to a ru/or edge, and 
is heat resistant to 2.732 t 'F." It also IS 
"impervious to most harsh chemicals, acids 
and bases, it virtually eliminates corrosion 
and maintains its lubrication longer." 

Imported knife Of The Year 

Columbia River Knife & Tool's (CRKTl 
I'aul (iillespie and Rod Hremei were "doing 
what production knife folks do" strolling 

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Overs// Knife Of The Year— Masters Of Defense COD Mark VATAC. Design— 
Combat/utility fixed blade. Designer— Duane Dieter. Blade Steel— A-2. Blade 
Length — 6 7/8". Blade Shape— Spear point. Edge— Plain; partial serrations 
optional. Finish— Titanium carbo-nitride. Handle— Glass-filled nylon. Special 
Feature — Multi-purpose hilt designed for prying, penetrating, etc. Sheath — 
► Kydex® or ballistic nylon. MSRP—S299. 98. Available: Late summer. Inset: 
~ Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer Bill Moran (right) presents M. O. D. 's 
Duane Dieter (center) and Jim Ray with the award. (PointSeven photo) 


American-Made Knife Of The 

®jO Year — Kershaw Black Chive. 
or Design— Gent's folder. 

Designer— Ken Onion. Blade 
Steel — t20HC. Blade Shape- 
Recurve. Edge — Plain. Finish — Boron 
carbide, 93-95 RC. Handle— 420HC. Special 
Feature — Speed- Safe assisted-opening mecha- 
nism. Closed Length— 2 7/8". Weight— 1.9 02$. 
MSRP— S69.95. Available: November, inset: ABS vice 
chairman Jerry Fisk (right) presents Kershaw's Doug 
Fiagg (center) and Ken Onion with the award. (Point- 
Seven photo) 

The Sebenza (far right) and 
new Mnandi are examples 
of the fine craftsmanship 
that earned Chris Reeve 
Knives the Manufacturing 
Quality Award. The Mnandi 
was slated for Its first 
production run as BLADE® 
was going to press. Inset: 
Chris Reeve (left) accepts 
the award from At Pendray, 
Knifemakers' Guild presi- 
dent. (PointSeven photo) 

imported Knife Of The Year— Columbia River Knife & Tool Blade- 
LOCK. Design— Utility one-hander. Designer— Michael Walker. Blade 
Steel— AUS 6M, 55-57 RC. Blade Finish— Satin. Handle— Zytel®. 
Special Feature— Blade locks both open and closed, operates by 
pushing the thumb stud In. Pocket Clip— Teflon '"-plated stainless 
steel. Closed Length: 4.5". Weight— 4.6 ozs. MSRP— $79.99. Avail- 
able: Now, Inset: BLADE® field editor Ed Fowler (right) presents 
CRKT's Rod Bremer (center) and Paul Gillespie with the award. 
(PointSeven photo) 


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Investor/Collector Knife Of The Year- 
William Henry Knives Mardi Gras. Design- 
Fancy gent's folder. Blade Steel— Mike 
Norris raindrop stainless damascus. 
Handle — Silver granulated. Lock — Locking 
liner. Liners— Titanium anodized blue. Blade 
Thumb Stud — Opal. MSRP—n/a. Closed 
Length: 4". Available: Fall. Inset: Blade 
Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer Gil Hlbben 
(right) presents WHK's Matt Conable with 
the award. (PointSeven photo) 





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Knife Collaboration Of The Year—Schrade 
Van Barnett. Design — Art/gent's folder. 
Designer— Van Bamett. Blade Steet—ATS-34. 
59-61 RC. Blade Shape— Whamctiffe. 
Handle — Red bone in a stepped pattern. 
Lock— Barnett "V-Lock, " Special Features- 
Blue bolster engraved w/24k-gold inlay; blade 
lifter and shackle are 24k gold; filework the 
length of the blade and handle spines: limited 
edition of 1.000. Closed Length: 3 7/8". 
Pouch— Shark skin. MSRP— "Whatever the 
market wilt bear. "Available: Now. Inset: Blade 
Magazine Cutlery HatI~Of-Famer Frank Cenfo- 
fante (right) presents Tim Faust of Schrade 
with the award. (PointSeven photo) 


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Two great knives from two award-winning manufacturers 
available exclusively at Chesapeake Knife & Tool! 

The KERSHAW Ken Onion Matte Black Chive was born in New Orleans 
at the SHOT Show and is a cousin of the 2001 BLADE Magazine 
American-made Knife of the Year, the Shiny Black Chive. Why wait until 
November for a Shiny Black Chive when you can order your Matte Black 
Chive today? Available exclusively from Chesapeake Knife & Tool for jusr 

The beautiful Evolution Series Bocote S09 from WILLIAM HENRY FINE 
KNIVES features a iW VG-10 blade and comes with its own ClipCase™ 
for easy carrying. This Chesapeake Knife & Tool exclusive is available with 
either a plain edge or combo-edge for jusr 169.99. And if you like the 
Bocote S09 we have available a few of our exclusive Evolution Series Bocote 
SOS and S07. Call today for availability and pricing. 

Look for more exclusive William Henry knives from Chesapeake Knife & 
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(he aisles of The Knifemakers' liuild Show 
two years ago — when ihey stopped to admire 
the knives on Michael Walker's display 
table. "I'm looking at this gorgeous work of 
art." Bremer recalled, "and I said, "I'll bite, 
how do you unlock the lock?*" Walker 
simply pushed the thumb stud in toward the 
blade to unlock it and folded it closed. 

The next question: Had anyone 
approached Walker about reproducing the 
lock'.' Yes. but apparently no company 
expressed as much interest to do so as CRKT. 
"Paul and 1. being a little crazy, figured we'd 
give it a go." Bremer recalled. "It would be a 
real feather in our hat if we had a Walker [no 
other knife company] could seemingly make." 

Manufacturing Quality 

Unique among the Knife-Of-The-Year 
A wants, this honor recognizes not one knife 
but a company's entire line. The standard- 
bearing Sebenza and the new Mnandi, among 
others, reflect the attention to detail and tine 
craftsmanship for which Chris Reeve Knives 
is known. 

"The Mnandi [attracted] a lot of attention 
from retailers [at the BLADE Show] and [they 
placed] a lot of orders for it—from 1 50 to over 
300," Reeve noted. "The Manufacturing Qual- 
ity Award is special but our next goal is to take 
the Overall Knife Of The Year. I'm greedy. I 
like awards, so we're going to come up with 
something special for the coming year. I want 
to build a company world-renowned for 
making the finest cutting tools, to be the Rolex 
or Porsche of" the knife industry." 

[ n vesto r/C ol leeto r 

Known for its use of "granulated silver" in the 
bolsters of its fancy folders, William Henry 
Knives expanded the concept to encompass the 
entire handle in the T-12 Mardi Gras. The 
locking-liner folder features a blade of rain- 
drop stainless damaseus by Mike Norris with 
an opal thumb stone and titanium liners 
anodized blue. 

Similar in appearance to the silver fili- 
gree work done by custom maker Zaza 
Revishviii, the granulation process consists 
of laying in an outside border or fence and. 
within that fence. laying the silver beads and 
wires in individually to create the design. 
The handle is then healed just enough to 
melt the contact between the beads/wires 
and the handle surface to create a bond 
between the two. The knives will be serial 
numbered and available in the fall. 

Most Innovative Imported Design 

The linchpin of Tigersharp Technologies" 
Neon is the "Replacement Edge System"- 
two blades in one folder. 

The backbone of the knife is the "side 
support" into which either of two blades fits 
and locks in. According to Tigersharp 's 
C'laudette Head, the side support — which 

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machined to tolerances one-thirtieth the width of a human hair! All M.O.D. knives 
are milled from solid bars of T-6 aluminum with blades of 154cm cryogenically 
heat treated steel. The final assembly is precision hand-fitted by master 
craftsmen. Brutally strong per military requirements, they are built on the 
same machinery used to make missile guidance systems. M.O.D' 
knives feature superior hollow ground blades, and are available in 
bead-blast and new black titanium-carbonitride coatings, With half 
serrated or standard cutting edges. The brainchild of knife 
■% authority Jim Ray. M.O.D, has over 40 variations for any hard- 

use application you have. These knives can keep you alive. 
They are the most advanced production tactical knives in 
existence today. Since their introduction, they have 
become the tool of choice for black-ops 
specialists around the world. New lor 2000 
is the amazing Duane Dieter CQD 
Special Operations Combat Folder, 
winner of the Blade Magazine 
American-Made Knife of the Year 
Award. It features a plunge lock 
system, secondary safety lock, cord 
ripper, and military anti-slip grip 
inserts. Brute strong, it is designed, 
by the world's leading Close 
Quarters Defense'" specialist, 
trainer of the NATO military's most 
elite special forces units. 
New this fall you can see the 
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Most Innovative Imported Design Of The Year — Tigersharp Technologies Neon. 
Design — Utility (older. Blade Steel— GINS, 61 RC. Blade Shape— Drop point. 
Handle — Aircraft aluminum anodized bam red, royal blue or silver. Lock — Locking 
liner. Special Feature — The Replacement Edge System, two replaceable blades, 
serrated and plain, that fit into a 440C Side support. Closed Length: 3 1/4" (smallest 
version). MSRP — $49.95 each. Available: Now. Inset: ABS Chairman Jim Batson 
(right) presents Claudette Head of Tigersharp with the award. (PointSeven photo) 

hasicalK serves -is tlie back ami side of the 
blade is 440C for toughness, white the 
Replacement Edge is UIN-5 eryo-lempered 
to a Rockwell of 61 RC. The result, if you 
will, is a soft back and hard edge without 
the tieed for differential heat treatment. Rach 
knife comes with two Replacement 1 -dg.es 
one serrated, one plain. 

Knife Collaboration Of The Year 

[tie Schrade \ .in Uarnell was the talk Millie 
2001 SHOT Show, so its award really came 
as no .surprise. Known mostly for using 
knives, Schrade had not had a 
fae lory. custom collaboration since the 
l°70"s until it hooked up with D" Holder on 
the Millennium and Ron Lake and Michael 
Walker on the Lake Walker folder last year. 
The blade is ATS-34 with a Rockwell 
hardness of 54-61 RC. The handle is red 
bone in a stepped pattern lor added dimen- 
sion. The blued bolster is hand engraved in 
24k-gold inlay 
There's a "very 
delicate" filework 
pattern spanning the 
I spine of the blade 
and hail die file 
knife comes in a 
limited edition of 
1000, with " first 
Production Run" 
marked on the 
initial 501). A shark- 

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skin bell pouch completes the package. 

Most Innovative American Design 

TiNtvcs' RayoKnife is designed specifically 
lor l he military to serve as holh ;i bayonet 
and ;i knife all in one lightweight ttnder I 
pound package. The 440 A handle screws 
on over the rille battel, though to do so you 
must first unscrew the buiteap survival 
lube glass hrcakci from the handle I he 
lunulle has a hole at the base through which 
the bullet passes when the rifle is fired. 

The unto blade is partially serrated and 
has a Rockwell of 4d-47 RC for heightened 
Ilex and toughness. "The | blade material) 
hasn't been decided yet because the military 
is still testing some steels (for it]," Self 
noted, "though we'll probably wind up 
using 420 high carbon." When not screwed 
into the handle, the buiteap. sun ival tube 
stores in a nylon pouch mounted on the 
synthetic sheath made by EdgeWorks and fit 
for U.S. Marine gear. 

Best Ru> Of The Year 

featuring an integral Darrel Ralph design of 
420HC, the Camillas ArcLite sports a 
recurved blade heat treated 10 a Rockwell 
hardness of 58 RC The handle is skele- 
tonized for both lightweight and enhanced 
gripping. Noted Will lennell of Camillas. 
"The holes in the handle add traction with- 
out adding hulk." 

The piece comes with a hand-molded 
kyde.v « sheath hy Elite Tactical Carrv 
Swcms I Ik' sheath features riveted holes 
designed to accept Blade- lech's Mini lek- 
l.ok for belt attachment. Though the 
suggested retail for the Arcl.itc is S27.50, 
sources sav retailers have been selling it for 
as little as S 14,"? 

Accessory Of The Year 

The knife-and-tool care kit from Sentry 
Solutions is designed to clean; sharpen, 
lubricate and protect all in one package 
Sentry's Tuf-Clolh and Tuf-Cilide are 
grouped with GATCO's Miero-X four-rod 
ceramic sharpener and plastic swabs with 
foam lips to handle your knife maintenance 
needs. Tiif-Clolh is the long-last utg, lint-lree 
replacement for oil and silicone rags. Tuf- 
Glide lubricant keeps your folder pivots 
operating smooth and clean. The roils in the 
compact sharpener are replaceable 1 he 
swabs clean, don't leave Inn and are 
reusable All the kit items 111 in a convenient 
padded Cordura* pouch with a touch- 
fastener closure designed to nde in a jacket 
pocket, backpack. toolbox, knife roll. cle. 

Publisher's Award 

In October of last year, the U.S. Customs 
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Most Innovative American Design — 
TiNives BayoKnife. Design— Bayonet/util- 
ity knife. Designers: Scott Self and Wayne 
Harris. Blade Steel-^t20HC. 46-47 RC. 
Blade Shape — Tanto. Handle — *40A. Special 
Features—Handle screws onto rifle barrel; 
buttcap/survival tube/glass breaker screws into/out of handle. 
Length: 11 1/2". Sheath— Synthetic w/nylon pouch (EdgeWorks) 
for survival tube. Weight — Under 1 pound. MSRP—S185 (tenta- 
tive). Available: Late summer/fall. Inset: Paul Basch of AC. 
Russell Knives (left) presents Scott Self of TiNives with the 
award. (PointSeven photo) 

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Best Buy Of The Year — 
Cam ill us ArcLite. Design — 
Neck knife. 

Designer — Barrel Ralph, 
Blade Steel— 420HC @ 58 
RC. Blade Length— 3.25". 
Blade Shape— Recurve. 
Grind— Flat. Handle— 
420HC. Special 
Feature — Holes In 
handle reduce weight 
and thickness and 
Increase traction. Sheath — 
Kydex (Elite Tactical Carry 
Systems) w/riveted holes to accept Blade- 
Tech Mini Tek-Lok for belt attachment. Over- 
all Length— 6.85". MSRP— $27.50 each. 
A vailable: Now. Inset: Blade Magazine 
Cutlery Halt-Of-Famer B.R. Hughes (left) 
presents Jim Furgal of Camillus with the 
award. (PointSeven photo) 


presenting the new... 

Accessory Of The Year— Sentry Solutions knife-and- 
tool care kit. Special Feature— Kit includes the 
company's Tuf -Cloth protectant, Tuf-Glide lubricant, 
the GATCO Micro-X sharpener and plastic swabs for 
lint removal. MSRP—S26.95. Available: Now. Inset: 
BLADE® field editor Wayne Goddard (right) 
presents Mark Mrozek of Sentry Solutions witb the 
award. (PointSeven photo) 

Rod Bremer (right) and Paul Gillespie 
accept the Blade Magazine 200 1 Publisher's 
Award from BLADE advertising manager 
Steve McCowen (left). Bremer and Gillespie 
accepted on behalf of Columbia River Knife 
& Tool (CRKT) (or a team effort to regain 
CRKT knives seized by Portland Customs in 
October of last year. 

Paul Basch (left) accepts the Blade Maga- 
zine 2001 Industry Achievement Award from 
BLADE managing editor Joe Kertzman. 
Basch was honored for over 20 years of 
buying and selling knives, offering advice 
on the values of all pieces and who made 
what and when, and otherwise serving as a 
guru of handmade knives and knitemakers. 

louyln buck and with the Kelp ol the Yuieri- 
can Knife lit Tool Institute, enlisted the aid of 
its local elected officials -congresswoman 
Darlene Ikxiley and senator (iordon Smith 
to light the seizure lloolev and Smith sent a 
letter of congressional Inquiry on CRKT's 
behalf to the Customs office in Washington, 
D,C, which overruled the Portland Customs 
office and released all of CRKT's folders. 

Industry Achievement Award 

Paul Basch of A.G. Russell Knives tuts been 

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rel Rj 

The ArcLite ALB — this issue's cover knife—features a 4-inch D-2M 
blade and a carbon fiber handle. Ralph s list price; S275. The custom- 
molded Kydex sheath is built to Darrel's specs by his stepson. Bob 
Bailey, and Allen Holtzapfel at Elite Tactical Carry Systems. Camillus's 
repro of the ArcLite is the Blade Magazine 2001 Best Buy Of The Year. 

24 / BLADE 


Having over 25 years of experi- 
ence in the metal-fabricating 
industry, knifemaker Darrel 
Ralph possesses a vast knowl- 
edge ol' metallurgy, computer- 
aided design (CAD), computer-assisted 
manufacturing (CAM), and computer 
numerically controlled (CNC) manufactur- 
ing. He also has a keen eye For the artistic 
side of knitemaking. all the while designing 
his pieces in the realm of pure utility Both 
of these traits are quite evident in every 
piece he creates. 

Ralph's knives are an interesting blend of 
form and function. They are eye catching for 
their design and execution. When it comes 
down to the nitty-gritty, his knives stand out. 
Moreover, Darrel is committed to ensuring 
that his customers are fully satisfied with the 
pieces he makes for them, lie isn't happy 
until they are and. as a result, he's earned a 
solid and loyal customer base. "Darrel makes 
our job easy in that we don't have to sell his 
work." states purveyor Jay Sadow of Arizona 
Custom Knives. "It sells itself." 

The birthplace for all Ralph knives is in 
rural Galena, Ohio, near Columbus, where 
the maker lives with his wife. Sharon, ami 
sons Ian and Hob Darrel says he became 
interested in knitemaking when his youngest 
son suggested that they visit Koval Knivcs. 
Al the lime, the Ralph family lived rela- 
tively close to the knitemaking supplier— 
Koval is located in New Albany, Ohio — so 
father and son drove to New Albany and 
bought a few knitemaking kits, from then 
on the elder Ralph was hooked and soon 
began making knives as a hobby. In l')87. 
he transitioned into a part-time knifemaker. 

"I love the visual art in knives." Darrel 
says. Aside from the aesthetics, he adds that 
he likes knifemaking because it allows him 
to create something of beauty and function 
by hand. Having a machinist background. 
he's always had a keen interest in metal- 
lurgy and working with steel in general. 
"Darrel encompasses that rare combination 
of artist and master machinist." notes 
purveyor l.cs Robertson of Robertson's 
Custom Cutlery. 

All knifemakers have a few inspirational 
sources, and Ralph is quick to site three: the 
Celts, and knifemakers Mel I'ardue and Kit 
Carson. Each stimulates Darrefs talent for 
arriving at creative shapes, junction, and lit 
and finish, 

Ralph is a gentle giant of sorts m knife- 
making. A full-time maker for eight years, 
he's known for his extravagant art knives 
featuring da ma se us blades and sculpted 
handles of natural materials. However, the 
past few years he has diverged from that 
path to venture into the using-knife market 
with pieces whieh blend qualities of art and 
utility. These types of knives allow him to 
reach a new audience thai normally would- 
n't invest in collector-grade art blades. 

Darrel is very artistic. His "'mental 
gears" are constantly in motion, conjuring 
up the next new design or finding ways of 
improving existing ones based on feedback 


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Examples of Ralph's Every Day Carry (EDC) 
knives include one with a slotted titanium 
handle and "nuggeting" (right), and the EDC 
Vanguard (left) with "flipper" guard made 
exclusively for Robertson Custom Cutlery. 
Ralphs version of the EDC comes in a selec- 
tion of Mike Norris stainless steel damascus, 
Talonite®. D~2, S90V, 52100 and others. 
Production versions are also available from 
Camillas and Outdoor Edge/Edge Tech. 
(Hoffman photo) 

from liis customers. His CAD software 

allows linn to carefully and precisely plot 
ami plan his creations. 

Even outside the shop. Ralph is 
constantly working. As jn instructor tor 
hoih the NRA-sauetioned Montgomery 
Community College in Troy. North 
Carolina, and the Hill Moran School of 
Uladesmithing. be freely imparts I lie knilc- 
making knowledge he has gained through 
the years. And. during his off lime. Parrel 
co-moderates a fcnifemakjng discussion 
forum, along with Kit ("arson, on ULidel'o- 
rums (www.bhuleforums.com). an inlernei 
discussion site devoted to knives and knife- 
making. As if al! this weren't enough. Ralph 
is one of today's most prolific makers in the 
t ac t o ry ■ e usiotn-c o I Liberation ma rke t , eo unt- 
ing Camillas, Outdoor Edge/Edge Tech. 
Delia-/ and Smith & Wesson among the 
companies with whom he's pari ne red. 

Parrel's shop is a converted three-car 
garage thai serves as his abode for most of 
his waking hours. It's divided into three 
sections to maximize work efficiency 
There's an area with his hydraulic press and 
power hammer for forging damascus. a 
section for the grinders and milling equip- 
ment, and an area with several workbenches 
and tons of hand tools for llnal assembly 
and the tweaking of his knives. He's got 
everything from slack -belt grinders to a 
squnn!-whccl grinder, handsaw, lathe, 
surface grinder, heat-treat ovens and a bead- 
blasting cabinet. Watching him work among 
his myriad of machinery and tools, it's 
evident that he's in his element. 

Ralph takes pride in his work, and each 
finished piece reflects his attention to detail. 
"Parrel is a bottomless well of crcalivity, 
never resting on his successes <>i previous 
years or even of previous months." Sadow 
observes "lie's always striving to push the 
envelope to better his designs, to improve 
his mechanisms, or to bring belter si eel to 
the market." Robertson adds thai Ralph 
possesses ihe ability lo design not only 
knives, bin mechanisms and locks. 

Darrel is enjoying a great deal of success 
in making "crossover" knives such as the 
Apogee. lilX' (Every Pay Carry), 
ArcLile Camillus's repro of which is the 
Blade Magazine 2<)<ll Best Buy Of The 
year and Vladd Mux.*. The term crossover 
means lhat the knives blend the qualities of 
both an and function into one piece with 
exciting visual appeal and extreme utility. 
The knives are lor show and pack plenty of 

•go'" lie says they arc al! hoi sellers. 

26 / BLADE 

ihe purveyors who carry lliein cannot seem 
to keep them on the shelf. "To try to pick 
out a best-selling model from Parrel would 
be difficult."" Sadow says, "since most seem 
to blow out of the inventory in short order 
every tune.'" 

Ralph stresses that he wants u> continue 
"making true custom knives." Thai is. build- 
ing a knife only when a customer orders it. 
not "warehousing" pieces until they arc 
bought. In doing so. he maintains close 
touch with each and every client, something 


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profile in steel 

The Tactical Scorpion folder (left) reflects the long, sleek 
styling seen in some Ralph knives. Blade steel options 
include D-2 and S90V. The handle Is carbon fiber. Closed 
length: -11 inches. The frame is milled integral 6AL-4V tita- 
nium. The maker's list prices start at $650. (Hoffman photo) 

"Darrel encompasses 

that rare combination 

of artist and master 


— Les Robertson 

Barrel's Madd Max* is a double-guard flipper knife with a tita- 
nium integral-bar-lock that comes in several sixes and three 
blade styles— oowie-style clip, spear and dagger. Above, in the 
middle, is the 7 5/8-inch-closed Gibbs Madd Maxx ($750 list), 
named in honor of Ralph 's first customer to order this monster. 
The Mint Maxx ($595 list) is about 4 1/2 inches closed. Blade 
steel options include Mike Norris stainless steel damascus, 
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28 /BLADE 


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Galena, OH, 43021 

(740) 9JS5-9970 

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Specialties Hi-tech folders featuring 
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- 1 1 1 il anodized nianium frames: fixed 
blades; utility knives and ornately 
decorated, investment-grade art knives; 
and <Ti.>.v.umT.v combinations of the 
I a iter two. 

Blade Steels SWY. D-2 and D-2M. 
Taloirite®. Mike Norris damascus. the 
maker's forged damascus. 52! 00 and 
"alt other high -performance blade 

Miscellaneous Hoes his own heal treat- 
ing. I- DC, Apogee and Madd Maxx 
models available with titanium frame 
"nugget i tig" embellishment, lias 
Factory/custom collaboration projects 
with several knife companies, including 
Camillus (the company's reproduction 
of Ralph's ArcLite is the Blade Maga- 
zine 2001 Best Buy Of The Year). 
Outdoor Edge Edge Tech, Dclta-Z and 
Smith .t Wesson Ml kyiiexK ihcalh 
work done by Elite Tactical Carry 

Stamp Logo with dagger and "Uarrel 
Ralph Designs." along with '"DDR" 
inscribed on pocket clips of some fold- 

Maker'* List Prices Utility (EDC, 
Apogee, etc.): SI50-S2.500; invest- 
ment-grade art knives: St. 500 and up. 
Delivery Times 4-9 months for utility 
grades, and 4-5 years for art knives: 
makes only 4-0 art knives per year. 

that he relishes. "I like to make sure they arc 
[00 percent satisfied," he emphasizes. 
Meanwhile, to supplement his custom work, 
be phins to keep collaborating with produc- 
tion knife companies, "I want to come up 
with the freshest ideas [and) make an impact 
on the production knife industry as well," he 

As any maker who has a strong desire to 
succeed, one must have a set ot" goals and a 
means to achieve it. Among Ralph's are. 
first and foremost, "to create an indelible 
mark on the kntfemaking industry using my 
designs as the vehicle," he stales, "building 
the best and most technically advanced 
knives without lo.sing the true meaning of 
'Ock ham's razor." \(kkluim'\ razor is a rule 
slating thai the simplest of two or more 
competing theories is preferable.) I want to 
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Heavy and heady competition for ABS knife awards pits 

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e like in recognize 
a nd honor our 
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says Jerry Fisk, 

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Society. "One of the stranger points of the 

ABS is that our members fry lt> stretch the 
boundaries of bladcsmithing, and if they don't 
stretch them, they'll be left behind." 

The boundaries were stretched again ilns 
year at the 111 AIM Show ,v. International 
Cutlery Fair, where the ABS holds its 
annual awards ceremony honoring blade- 
smiths whose knives .ire judged best in 

30 /BLADE 


certain categories. 

One such knife category— the Bill 
Moran Award tor the ABS Knife Of The 
Year — is singular in thai Moran chooses a 
different knife pattern each year for makers 
entering the competition to build within his 
own set parameters. The competition is open 
to all ABS members who enter individual 
interpretations olThe pattern. 

This year. Moran gave the winning nod 
to ABS master smith Mark Sentz for his 
version of a Persian khanjar featuring a 1 0- 
inch. upswept and double-edged laddcr- 
pattern-damascus blade. and a 
carved-buffalo-honi handle inset with four 
cubic zirconium stones. The maker's list 
price is a cool 55,000. 

"The handle carving is a rather simple 
leaf pattern in the traditional Moran style 
and done completely with chisels and scrap- 
ers," Sentz notes, adding that he is one of 
Moran 's proteges, personally training under 
Bill and working in his style of blade- 

"To win an award under his name was a 
real honor. When you win the award that 
bears your mentor's name, it doesn't gel any 
bciier than that." he remarks. 

"It doesn't get any 

better than winning 

the award that bears 

your mentor's name." 

— Mark Sentz 

"I think it's the first time one of Moran 's 
former students has won that award," I isk 
says. "Mark executed it well. He's a good 
smith. One of the things Bill is known for is 
the superb balance of his knives, and that's 
one consideration for the award. For years, 
Moran studied the old pieces, played with 
them and got the balance correct." 

As the master molds his protege into an 
award winner, so. too, do other students of 
the blade rise to take honors in the name of 
their school's founding fathers. Such was 
the ease with James Rodebaugh. winner of 
the George Peck Award for the best knife hy 
an applicant for ABS journeyman smith 

"George Peck was a gentleman instru- 
mental in establishing our school [the Bill 
Moran School of Bladcsmiihingj." 1-isk 
notes. "The award is in recognition of Peck. 
James was a former student of the school. 
He's a 'go-getter.'" 

Go For It, Jimm) 

"Even on the forge, when hammering [the 
award-winning blade], everything went 
right." Rodebaugh says. "Every once in a 
while you get a knife that makes itself." 

The late Al Barton inspired Rodebaugh 
to make the knife in the first place. 

"On his death bed, Al Barton said, 'Go 



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lor it, Jimmy, You tan win it."" Rodchaugh 
retails, and lit did win it. lit took home the 
George Peck Award for one of five test 
knives lit built lo obtain his journeyman 
smiili stamp and, indeed, he succeeded in his 
quest for journeyman smith status as well. 

"To have them say 

yours is the best in the 

room is a healthy 


— Bailey Brads haw 

Describing the pieet as a cross between 

j duk .iiul .: him it. mosi elosclv resembling 
a rifleman's knife, he differentia 1 1\ heal 
Ireated the 1084 blade to achieve a distinct 
temper line, or a "heat-affected zone 
pattern," as he refers lo it. The knife also 
Sports a fossil -sea -cow- bo nt handle, a 
nickel-silver ferrule and a fluted-ntckel- 
silvcr hutteap. It sold for $750, 

"I kept the reviewers' notes (comments 
written by the judges while inspecting 
knives entered for the competition]. 1 think 
ii was the feel of the knife and the cleanli- 
ness of line and design thai won it." he says 

Bailey Bradshsw was just hoping to gel 
his master smiili stamp when he won the 
B.R. Hughes Award for the best knife by an 
applicant for AHS master smith siaius 

"I was judging that one and it was 
lough." Fisk admits. "Hai ley Bradshaw is a 
good businessman and a fine craftsman, lie 
and JABS master smith] Murray Carter are 
giving the old boys a run for their money. 
Some of the young smiths are coming in 
with great business sense and a lot of talent. 

"Bradshaw did his own engrnv ing and 
gold wire inlay, and both were beautifully 
executed," l-'isk adds. "The materials used, 
ha lance, all the way around, there was noth- 
ing wrong with that bowit." 

Fifteen inches of knife involve a 1084 
and nickel four-bar, iwisl-damascus blade, a 
walrus- ivory handle, a damascus guard, 
ferrule and tlnial, and sterling-silver and 
gold inlay. Bradshaw 's list price: SI. 600. 

"You're being judged by master smiths. 
so you have knowledgeable makers looking 
a i vour knives." Bradshaw says. "Other 
people don't look al knives the same wa\ 
makers do. The class of field competing is 
made up of veteran makers, and to have 
iheni say yours is the best in the room is a 
he a 1 1 hy e onip 1 i me n t ." 

Recognition of skill, dedication and hard 
work is what the A BS awards are all about, 
according lo Fisk, who has a particular 
affinity for the Antique Howie Knife Asso- 
ciation Awards "The antique bowit knife 
department keeps alive the knowledge of 
how to make these old pieces and make 
them correctly." he says, 


The American Bladesrnith Society 
created the Silver Slipper Award to 
honor non-knifemakers devoted to 
knives and the art of btadesmithing. 
Margaret Moran is the first-ever recipient 
of the award, accepting it from Han ford 
Miller for her role as wife, friend and 
confidante of Bill Moran, and for her 
support of the ABS as unofficial secre- 
tary to her husband during his many 
years as ABS chairman. 

"The world recognizes ihc bowk knife 
as the national knife of this country. We 
don't want to lose the knowledge of how to 
make them." I ■ isk continues. "The Antique 
Howie Knife \ssociaiioii honors boys who 
can reproduce historically accurate bowies. 
Some of these boys are losing their hair 
because of it. Yon can tell by looking at 
Harvey Dean." 

It's a good thing Dean can lake a joke, 
and why shouldn't be he in good humor? 
For the second year in a row. the seasoned 
smith tied with fellow km Tenia ker Ron 
Newton for the Antique Howie Knife Asso- 
ciation Award tor be 1 -! master smith bow le. 

Dean's reproduction of a Samuel Bell 
howie also won it the distinction of being 
the BLADE Magazine* covet knife for the 
April 2(KII issue. In Dean's ease, it was his 
tirsl attempt at ;i I Jell bow le repro. 

"We Hke to recognize 

and honor our 

members who dig a 

little deeper." 

— Jerry Fisk 

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A guardless Mediterranean dirk, the howie 
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and engraving by Terry Theis. The overall 
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maker, it is not for sale. 

"Harvey and Newton are really getting 
into Dells." Fisk says. "The reproductions 
arc carrying these makers deeper and 
deeper into the original patterns." 

Newton sole authored the Bell repro 
that tied for the award. It has a 9-inch O-l 
blade with a Spanish notch and false edge 
on one side, which he says is typical of 
Bell knives. A nickel-silver frame accepts 
mother-of-pearl inlays and 24k-gold pique 
pin work on one side, and checkering on 
the other. 

"This year, master 
smith stamps went to 
people from England, 
Australia and Japan."' 

— Jerry Fisk 

The frame and nickel-silver sheath are 
engraved by Newton, and a frog button on 
the shealh is inset with a medallion cele- 
brating the 25lh anniversary of the ABS. 
The overall length is 15 1/4 inches, and the 
maker's list price is $4,200. 

Tediously reproducing an Knglish-style 
bowie is how Ken Durham took the 
Antique Howie Knife Association Award 
for best journeyman bowie. The 1095 
blade is hand rubbed to a 1,500-gril finish 
and set off by sterling-silver rinjis, an 
African black wood handle and a nickel- 
silver buticap inset with a earnelian stone. 
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"I vii down and look .ii books showcas- 
ing antique Howies," Durham details. "It's 
,i si) Ic or leelinu I'm alter. I've done some 
exaci reproductions, hul I haven't done 
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period piece a man in Natchez could have 
worn to a canebrake or a ballroom." 

"On his death bed, 
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"Those knives are hoi riyhi now and 
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enthuses. "I won the award last year with 
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irv another this vear. It paid off. My plans 
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those in the knifemak- 
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what the 

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Through his editorial objectivity, prowess 
and integrity, as well as his continuous 
devotion to knives and promotion of the 
same, Fisk says Shack leford was well 

The number of non-knifemakers 

Bailey Bradshaw (at left in inset photo) accepts the 
B. R. Hughes A ward from Houston Price for the 
best knife by en applicant for ABS master smith 
status, Bradshaw says he was just hoping to 
get his master smith stamp when he won the 
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blade complemented by a fosslllzed- 
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describes the piece as a cross between a 
dirk and a bowie, most closely resembling a 
rifleman's knife. The maker differentially heat 
treated the 1084 blade to achieve a distinct 
temper tine, and outfitted il with a nickel- 
silver ferrule and buttcap, and a fossil-sea- 
cow-bone handle. He accepted the award 
from Joe Cordova (at right in inset photo). 
(PointSeven photo) 

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Knife Association Award tor best journey- 
man bowie for tediously reproducing an 
English-style bowie. The 1095 blade is hand 
rubbed to a 1.500-grit finish and set off by 
sterling-silver rings, an African blackwood 
handle and a nickel-silver buttcap inset with 
a carnellan stone. Ken (at right in inset 
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devoied to knives is significant. One such 
person Margaret Moran— was presented 
with the newly treated Silver Slipper Award 
for her uncompromising devotion to the art 
of bladesmiihing and those who practice it. 

"This is the first lime the award has heen 
given, and it is high lime we honor those 
who sit in the background and get it done. 
Hill Moran couldn't have been Bill without 
Margaret there," Fisk remarks. 

While many stand in the background. 
the Forged blade is still at the lore front of 
the ABS. During the 2001 BLADE Show, it 
was announced that five people would be 
inducted into the ABS Hall Of Fame for 
diligently promoting the forged blade. Fisk 
was one, and the others included James 
liaison. J Unite Voyles and two deceased 
individuals — Paul Burke, who is a former 
ABS hoard member, and I "Jib-century 
bowie maker Daniel Searles. 

4t I want each bowie to 
look like one a man in 

Natchez could have 

worn to a canebrake or 


— Ken Durham 

Voyles also presided over the ABS 
knife auction with proceeds going to various 
ABS functions. 

The auction netted just over $ I 'J ,000 this 
year, and the ABS board knife, which 
graced the cover of the August 2001 issue of 
BLADE, brought in a record S 13,000. In 
addition, the master smith fixed blade made 
by Bruce Fuller sold lor SI 300, while the 
master smith and journeyman smith' folders 
I'll 1 1 L In Dun Hellici>;ii ,m>1 Uoul \shworlh, 
respectively, broughl in a total of 51,200. 

The 2002 master smith fixed blade will 
be made by David Anders: Rick Dunkerley 
was chosen to fashion the master smith 
folder; and Dickie Robinson will build the 
journeyman smith knife. All will be 
auctioned at the 2002 BLADE Show 

"Noteworthy to me is the number of 
smiths from other countries who received 
stamps." Fisk relates. "This year, master 
smith stamps went to people from England, 
Australia and Japan, file ABS is branching 
out, and in tuni, these guys are fired up and 
stirring the pots in their own countries." 

"The ABS is a true educational organi- 
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Europe," Seniz concurs. "It does promote 
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I think that's why the ABS has grown and 
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"One police officer 

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— the author 

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radually, liic lessons of the Viet- 
nam War arc being learned: To 
hear some tell it, you'd I It ink 
every 'Nam vet was spending 
his days waiting in line al the 
methadone clinic. Instead, not only did most 
of our vets serve well, sometimes heroically. 
[hey came kick to lead productive lives, 
often despite the nation's lack of gratitude 
Cor their sacrifice. Some even used their 
experiences to cre;ite better tools than they \l 
had "in country." An example is a new 
company that entered the knife scene about 
four years ago. tailed TOPS, short for 
"Tactical -ops USA," it's beaded up h> a 
decorated Special Forces veteran. Mike 
Fuller, who served multiple tours in Viet- 

As a side note, no one was ever dialled 
for multiple one-year lours. You had to 
volunteer or you could simply stay in the 
service, knowing that President Lyndon 
Johnson had not mobilized the Army 
Reserves. I lence. anyone who stayed in the 
regular Army after his first hitch could 
e\pecl to go hack to the war. About X(J 
percent of the casualties were in (he infantry. 
and the most elite infantry was Special 
forces. I'm including this little history 
lesson lor those too young to know what n-ol 
men did m the 1960's, 

Anvhow, Fuller got together with some 
of his old military and law enforcement 
cronies to form a new company dedicated to 
producing Lin improved line of taciical fixed 

blades ami folders lbs design learn included 
a Vietnam SI Al I Kill Hill). Vietnam Recoil 
Marine (Larry Keanl; .1 Khodesian South 
Aii aan special operator (David Scott-Doue- 
lan): and a Navy SEAL police SWAT trainer 
(Greg Anderson). The idea was to create an 
affordable field knife that wouldn't fail. 

Each of the founders put his own money 
into the venture. Intelligence was gathered 
in the form of 93 individual samples, from 
well-known factory knives to Montagnard 
homemade jungle blades made from Jeep 

"The company motto, 
'One Life, One Knife,' 
indicates that a knife is 
the most important tool 
in any field situation.' 
— the author 


leaf springs, fuller's contacts in military 
spec-ops, SWAT, search and rescue, man 
tracking, adventure training, and profes- 
sional hunting came through as testers. 
TOPS was horn in the heart of the Rocky 
Mountains, surrounded by rugged country 
ideal for further field testing. 

The company motto. "One 1 ile, 1 ine 
Knife." describes the founders' belief that a 

knife is the most important tool in any field 
situation. Originally geared toward the spec- 
ops community, lops added the adventure 
outdoor market Clients included Ron 
Hood's "Hood's Woods." Randalls Adven- 
ture ['ruining. World Survival Institute, and 
Bratthwaites Gorilla Expedition (Primates). 
Big-game outfitters for wild hoar, bear and 
elk hunts added their orders. 

fuller explains that TOPS does all 
manufacture in house, including a water-jet 
outline of a majority of the blades. TOPS' 
primary steel for fixed blades is KW5. with 
Black Traction Coating ilSJC 1 eliminating 
rust potential on W percent of the blade. 
tiTC is li combination of epoxy and poly- 
ester, electrostatically applied and then 
baked on, designed to be super tough even 
in salt water. TOPS folders use I54CM 
stainless because ol the humid climate para- 
meters imposed by then designers and first 
users, the Kydex |( sheaths are engineered 
and molded in house. 

Probably best known of the TOPS line is 
the CQT-Magnum folder ($l°-9 MSRPi. 
with ■'■'"! 1 unto and "~4 7 bowie variations. 

Inspired by the military SLRf. (Survival. 

Evasion, Resistance, Escape) school 
requirements and made with gloved hands 
in mind, the CQT-M is a substantial knife. 
with a 4.75-inch blade and an aircraft 
aluminum handle (1 inches long and .56-inch 
thick. It comes with a nylon pouch sheath 
and or .1 Kydex fast draw model It the 
folder must be opened with one hand, it can 


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outdoor equipment lor retailers in the 
I iilui.uk' area ilul an evaluation of the 747 
on a Hood's Woods survival adventure in 
Idaho for Self Reliance Journal and found 
that the folder would hold up even !•< fixed- 
btsde field standards. 

1 hi a smaller tactical folder. TOPS 
offers the ( QT-Thundcf Hawke #303 ($14° 
MSKI'l with a 3.625-inch tanto or hunter 

blade One North ( arolino police officer 
reports thai Ik- noi ont) cul through an acci- 
ik-ni victim's seal belt with a 303, be even 
used 11 in cut completely through a stainless 
steel hike c.ihlc 

Mil' l! IPS fixed-btftde line is extensive, 
from Mil' l 3 8-inch Prairie 1 ox neck knife 
to the ^!cl-i 1 agic jungle knife. I lie 1 1 -inch 
blade of the Steel I agle WI07 is made of 
quarter-inch 5160 steel for heavj duty, and 
lias "chaio-saw"-style teeth on the spine that 
work well mi wood. It has a chisel point 

Probably best known of 
the TOPS line is the COT- 
Magnum folder, with #71 1 
tanto and #747 bowie vari- 
ations. Inspired by mili- 
tary SERE (Survival, 
Evasion, Resistance. 
Escape) school require- 
ments and made with 
gloved hands in mind, the 
CQT-M is a substantial 
knife. It has a 4.75-inch 
blade and an aircraft 
aluminum handle 6 inches 
long with a cut-out for 
flow-through " self-clean- 
ing action. MSRP: $199 
each. (Weyer photo) 

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The Storm Rider features a 5-inch 
blade in quarter-tnch-stock 1095 
with a Rockwell hardness of 58 
RC. According to the author, it's 
one of several TOPS pieces to 
meet with positive reviews from 
members of the knife media. 
MSRP: $179. 

The 1 1-inch blade of the Steel Eagle 
#107 is made of quarter-inch-stock 
5160. The "chaln-saw"-style teeth on 
the spine work well on wood. The 
piece offers a chisel point and rust- 
resistant coating, a Micarta® handle 
and a Kydex sheath. It has been field 
tested by Tactical Tracking Ops school 
in the Amazon jungle. MSRP: $199. 


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rust-resistant coating. Micarta R handle, and 
a Kydex sheath, It has been field tested by 
Tactical Tracking Ops school in the 
Amazon jungle. 

TOPS folders have distinctive skele- 
tonized handles. The cut-out in the 60o I -T6 
aircraft aluminum grip promotes a "flow- 
through action," allowing water to flush out 
dirt and other debris. Some TOPS fixed 
blades, such as the Badge Holder/Neck 
Knife, have a skeletonized handle while 
others, such as the Hawk Recon, sport a 
skeletonized blade. Other models have holes 
at the upper and lower guard and at the butt 
for a lanyard. Instead of a separate guard on 
a fixed blade, TOPS builds the guard into 
the handle and tang, saving weight and 

The 5-inch Storm Rider #77. the 7-inch 
Fire Strike #45, and the 5.5-inch Dawn 
Warrior #33 have been widely evaluated in 
the knife press, with positive reviews. The 
Anaconda #AN7 and #AN° models were 
designed by Ron Hood. Both models have 
(tactical-black) tanto blades of quarter-inch 
1095. one 7.5 inches long, the other 9.5 
inches in length. Each blade has wire- 
breaking teeth on the spine. Orip material is 
black linen Micarta and the sheath is Load- 
Bearing- Equipment (L BE (-compatible 

One ot my favorite TOPS designs is the 
Smoke Jumper #626. It has a 6.5-tnch BTC- 
coated blade of quarter-inch 1095. The 
broad wedge-point blade is ideal for ehop- 

One North Carolina police officer reports that he not only 
sliced an accident victim s seat belt with a CQT Thunder 
Hawke tactical folder (top and middle), he even used It to 
cut completely through a stainless steel bike cable. 
Closed Length; 4.82 Inches, MSRP: $149. 
(Weyer photo) 

The Moccasin-Ranger honors Grey Otter of the Cherokee Nation — a.k.a. 
George "Skeeter" Vaughan^who used both knife and tomahawk while 
serving as leader of the "Moccasin Rangers" of World War II. It has a 
6,5-inch Mexican-bowie-style blade of quarter-inch 1095 with a BTC 
finish, Micarta slabs and a Kydex sheath. MSRP: S199, (Weyer photo) 



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A. G. Russell Knives 

Contact us to locate an Authorized A, G. Russell 
Knife Dealer near you. 

1705 \. Thompson St., 

Springdale, \K 72764-1294 Dept* H1101D 

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aim: M. K tiller. Dcpt. BLI1 

POB 2544 

Idaho Falls. II) 83403 

Phone/fax <2H8l 542-11113 


.Specialties Heavy duty outdoor and 
tactical folders and fixed blades, 
including neck knives. 
Handle Materials Mid 1 -To aircraft 
aluminum and black linen Micarta* 
Steels l(W5. 5 1 fid and 1 54C \1 
Miscellaneous I older bundle cut -outs 
promote "flow-through action" for .self- 
cleaning; Black Traction Coating 
(BTC) on blades is an epoxy polyester 
combo electrostatically applied and 
baked on 

Sheaths Kvdex B and nylon 
MSRP Range S5')-S265 
Stamp TOPS U.S.A. and insignia on 
the handles and or TOPS Tactical Ops 
U.S.A. on the blade 

ping and slicing It lias a black linen Micarta 
lir.st-lmger-grip handle with a lull tang and 
lanyard loop. The Kydcx sheath is designed 
for attaching to bell or LBli. 

TOPS has abou I three do/en models 
with variations One t especially like is the 
relatively new Moccasin-Ranger S88 iShW 
MSRP). It honors tires Otter ol die Chero- 
kee Nation a.k.a. George "Skeeter" 
\'augtian who used both knife and toma- 
hawk while serving as leader of the 
"\loecasm KangeiV ol' World War II. and 
who irained instructors in the use of same in 
the Korean and Vietnam wars, ll has a t< S- 
ineh Mexican-bow ic-style blade of quarter- 
inch 1093 with a BTC finish. The full tang 
is covered with black linen Micarta slabs. 
The LB (-compatible sheath is Kydcx. 
There's a ihong loop in the pommel. 

I should also mention the company's 
police backup knives. The CAT. ((overt 
Anti-Terrorism) has g Mitch tatrto or hunter 
blade with a skeletonized handle, ll rides in 
a Kydcx sheath thai can be suspended Trom 
die neck and is designed to hold a badge. 
The Interceptor is similar bul with a 4-inch 
Uinta blade and skeletonized handle. The 
Cheetah has a 3.25-inch hunter blade nf 
BTC-coated \W? and a skeletonized handle 
pierced with "steel ball bearings." It's a 
longer version of the Prairie T'ox. Both have 

Tops" standard Kydcx sheaths, 

TOPS may be the "new kid on the 
block," as T" idler like-, to 53) . bill il has 
learned its lessons well. The TOPS line uses 
the decades of wilderness and combat expe- 
rience of its staff and testers, combined with 
the most modem kmfemaking trends. TOPS 
knives are ttiade for hard use. Tew will ever 
lav idle in collections. 

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SW108. MK I Tanto. Plain $49.99 

fljit 0| 

SW110. MK I Tanlo. Serrated S49.99 

SP2502. Combat Survival Kukri S59.99 

KKR01 , Kukri Kydex Replacement Sheath S29.99 

Tactical Knives for... I 

• Police and Public Service V 

■ Personnel Service \ 

• Utility and Durability 

High carbon steel Tanto-style blades take an edge quickly and 
hold it well. Folders feature thumb studs for one-handed, 
ambidextrous operation. Knives are assembled with Torx 
fasteners for easy maintenance. All knives except the MK-IV 
feature removable deep-draw pocket clips for instant access. A 
fine finish and subdued black color make the line a favorite with 
Public Service professionals as well as serious civilians. 


• Anodized aluminum handles with rubber grip inserts 

• Smooth opening side lock 

• MK l: Hetty dimensions make this a line, all-purpose knife. 

Specs: Overall- 8-1/2" • Closed- 4-3/4" • Blade- 3-3/4" x 1/16" 

• MK II: Slightly smaller lor easier carry/concealment. 

Specs: Overall- 7-1/4" • Closed- 4" • Blade- 3-1/4" x 1/8" 


• Frame lock folders utilize one side of the skeletonized carbon 
steel frame as the locking mechanism with fixed-blade safety 

• Milled thumbrest for positive control 

■ Black powder-coated handle 

• Black Teflon'-coated blade 

• Specs: Overall- 8-1/2" • Closed- 4*3/4" • Blade* 3-5/8" x 1/8" 


• Ideal, concealable backup weapon 

• Sturdy chain is designed to break under undue pressure to 
prevent choking 

• Black fiber- reinforced nylon handle 

• Black Teflon' -coated blade 

• Fiber reinforced nylon sheath with positive click-stop retention 
and built-in emergency whistle 

• Specs: Overall* 6-7/8" • Blade- 3" x 0.10" 


The legendary Gurkhas, renowned warriors from the Nepatese 
Himalayas, served as mercenary warriors lor the British crown as 
late as World War II. Tales of their fearlessness in battle are still 
told today, and the kukri, their weapon of choice tor close quarters 
combat, lives on, improved with modern steel and a grippy 
Kraton* handle. 

• Perfectly balanced for chopping, with deep belly for slicing, food 
preparation or game skinning 

• 1095 Carbon Steel full-tang blade 

■ Epoxy powder coated for corrosion resistance 

• Kraton' handle with bird's-beak pommei and lanyard 

• Dimensions - XT overall with 12" x 0.187" blade 

• Weight -2 lbs. 

• Black Cordura' nylon belt shealh 

• Made in the U.S.A. by Ontario Knife Company 

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BLADE Show West 
will be a combination of 
state-of-the-art knives, 
action-packed seminar 
action and some of the lead- 
ing names in knifemaking. 
The sparkling Damasteel 
folder Is by Allen Ellshewitz 
(PointSeven photo); almost 
quicker than the eye can see, 
James Williams of Bugei Trading 
Co. prepares to deliver the second 
cut on the Tameshigeti he'salready 
severed once on his first pass: and 
Steve Rapp rides herd on his table of 
handmade antique repro bowies. 



A change Hi' venue ui the posh 
Hyatt Regencj the presenta- 
lion of the 200] BLADEhami- 
made Awards, fresh big-name 
makers, the state-of-the-art in 
cutlery seminars, und more emphasis on 
handmade knives in general will be among 
the highlights of the 2001 BLADE Show 
West Sept. 21-23 in Irvine. California. 

While the \etuie hits been shifted, the 
locale basically is the same. The new show 
site is only about 15 minutes from ihe 
DoubleTree Hotel in Costa Mesa, ground 
zero for last year's show. 

Unlike the massive BLADE Show. 
BLADE Show West is on event more in 
keeping with smaller, more traditional hand- 
made knife events. The show's ehandeliered 
ballroom is carpeted and consists of over 
14,000 square feet. Meanwhile, some 
factory companies will display, though their 
number won't he as pronounced as in years 
past at BLADE Show West. 

BLADE Show West Hours 

Friday: Noon-7 p.m. 
Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Sunday: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Steel Stylin' 

H lades and knife accessories of almost every 
style, material, method of manufacture and 
price range hi-tech, utility, tactical, high-art, 

antique howie repros, multi-blades, toma- 
hawks, swords, miniatures, hunters, daggers, 
combat pieces, period pieces, fantasy, interna- 
tional designs, antique pockelkniv es, sheaths, 
sharpeners, knife maintenance products, knife- 
making supplies, you name it vv ill lie oll'ered. 

Among some of the leading knifemakers 
who haven't displayed at BLADI- Show 
West before or who are displaying at the 
event for the first time in u while will be 
Steve Kapp. W.D. Pease. Rob Hudson. 
Zaza Revishvili. Josh Smith. Dervk 
Monroe and Ryan Johnson. Top knilemak- 
ers returning from last year will include Tim 
Hancock; Allen Klishewit/; Richard 
Rogers: I'at Crawford; Wayne Cuddard; 
id Fowler; R.t'. knipskin; Bill Herndon: 
Stan Kujisaka: Joe S/ilaski: Jul Singh 
Khalsa: Andre de Mlliers: lay lor Palmer: 
Murray Carter: Scott Taylor: Philip 
Booth: Have F.llis: Harry Dawson; Red SI. 
Cyr: Michael \agnino; l.ile Handmade 
Knives; and many more. (Far a complete list 
of exhibitors, see the accompanying sidebar.) 

Among the exhibiting makers will 
include several who won awards for their 
knives at the 2001 BLADI- Show, including 
Rogers (best in show, best folder and be%i 
utility hunter); Rapp (best fixed blade); 
Revishvili and Hancock (best collaboration): 
Sziiaskj (best handle design I; and Smith I best 
damaseus design t. (For more on the auaid- 
w inning knives, sec the story on page IIS.) 
The show also will have its usual interna- 


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Seminar Slate 


10 a.m.: 30-Minute Intro To Yoga 
For Deep Relaxation & Stress 
Reduction, Joi Singh Khalsa 

1 1 a.m.: The State Of Loveless & 
Moran Knives, Dave Ellis 

12 p.m.: What To Look For In A 
High-performance Knife, Ed Fowler 

1 p.m.: How To Forge A Knife. Red 
St. Cyr 

2 p.m.: History Of The American 
Tomahawk. Joe Szilaski 

2:30 p.m.: Japanese Sword-Cutting 
Demo, Bugei Trading Co. 

3 p.m.: How To Deal With 
Unmarked Knives, Paul Baseh 

1 1 mi a I 11 a v or, with Carter and \obuyuki 
Cckama (Japan): Revisiivili (Russia): de 
YiIIhts and Stephen Mack rill l South 
Africa ): .Initni KtTlokuski I Finland); 
Around Palado (Philippines); Bob Lay and 
Peter Mar/ittlli (tan. id. 1 1. S/ilaski 
iHun-.ir. i: I'uvailnl Suvvanjindu (Thailandl: 
and more exhibitors from afar in attendance. 

Other exhibitors of note will include 
■-crunshander Stephen Stuart: purveyors 
Gary Shaw and Paul Basel) winner of the 
Blade Maga/inc 2110 1 Industry Achievement 
Award (lor more on it. see the story on the 
Knives Of The Year on page 12) — of A.G. 
Russell Knives: African Knife Handle 
Supplies: Dan and Pain Debt an ol I'la/a 
Cutlery; and the knife collections ol Tom 
and Gwen Guinn and (inrdon Pivonka. 

Though there will be a smaller concentra- 
tion of factory companies at this year's 
BLADE Show West, two of those attending 
won Blade Magazine 2001 Koife-Of-The- 

Yeai Awards, Chris Reeve Knives I Manu- 
facturing Quality Award) and Sentry 
Solution! i Ucevsorv Of The Year) (see 
story on page 12>. Additional factory 
exhibitors will include Kellam Knives. A.G, 
Russell Knives, Mission Knives & Tools, 
and Osu Grande Knife & loot. 

For fans of BLADE writers, several will 
be in attendance, including BLADE field 
editors Wayne doddard and I d I nwler, 
BLADE correspondent Bill Deration, and 
regular contributor Durwood llolhs. On 
occasion, Paul Baseh and Joe Szilaski also 
have written stories for the magazine. 

State-Of-lhi-Art Seminars 
I sell year. BJ AD) Show West presents an 
array of state-of-the-art seminars (see accom- 
panying sidebar for days and limes) in an 
informal atmosphere where audience ques- 
tions are not only welcomed but encouraged. 
Three new seminars for BLADE Show 
VVesl will be "The State Of Loveless St 
Moran Knives" by Dave litis ol exquis- 

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10 a.m.: 30-Minuie Intro To Yoga 
For Deep Relaxation & Stress 
Reduction. Jot Singh Kfoalsa 

1 1 a.m.: How To Build A Knife 
Shop, Bill Henidon 

1 1:30 a.m.: Japanese Sword-Cutting 
Demo. Bugei Trading Co. 

12 p.m.: How To Sharpen Knives, 
Wayne Goddard 

I p.m.: How To Forge A Knife, Red 
St. Cyr 

iteknives.com; "How To Deal With 
Unmarked Knives." by Paul Ba.-^h; and "1 he 
History' Of The American Tomahawk," by 
Joe Vikiski. 

An ABS master smith, Fllis also buys and 
sells Bob Loveless and Bill Moran knives on 
the secondary market and knows their values 
well. He'll tell you what's hot in the knives of 
these two knifemaking icons. In "How To 
Deal With Unmarked Knives." Baseh will 
address how to identify the marks of obscure 
makers and the subject of unmarked knives in 
general. And, in "The History Of The Ameri- 
can Tomahawk," Sztlastu will share the 
wealth of knowledge on Colonial-era hawks 
he has assembled, including years of research, 
documentation, and much more. 

AIm) dii eaeli day. two popular ouidooi 
seminars will return: Red St, Cyr's "How To 
Forge A Knife" and Bugei Trading Co.'s 
"Japanese Sword-Cuiting Demo." St. Cyr 
will bring his portable forge and show you 
how lo heat a billet and forge it to shape, 
while James Williams and Tony Alvarez of 
Bugei Trading Co. will present the fine art 
of Japanese swordsmanship, demonstrating a 
number of Japanese sword techniques in 
cutting ro!led-up straw mats [lameshigeri) 
placed on free-standing wooden spikes. 
Meanwhile, to prepare show patrons and 
exhibitors alike for the several hours of 
standing and talking every knife show entails. 
Jot Singh Khalsa will kick off each day with 
a seminar on yoga exercises to relieve stress 
and tension. 

Finally, three regular BLADE contribu- 
tors — field editors Wayne Goddard and Ed 
Fowler and correspondent Bill Herndon 
will reprise their popular seminars: 
Goddard's "How To Sharpen A Knife," 
Fowler's "What To Look For In A High- 
Performanee Knife." and Henulon's "How 
To Build A Knife Shop." Each man has had 
years of experience on each subject, topics 
that are perennial favorites of BLADF Show 
West patrons and BLADE readers. 





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Bill Hcmdon 

Chris Reese Knives 

African Knife Handle 

Supplies Durvvoou* llollis 

Zaza Revishvili 

Norm Beckett 

Rob Hudson 

Richard Rogers 

Max Bcrgcr 

Mike Ine 

Sentry- Solutions 

Brie Berg I and 

Rvan Johnson 

Gary Shaw 

Gar)' Biggers 

Kellani Knives 

Jot Singh Khnlsa 

Chi lip Booth 

R.C. Knipstetti 

Li le Handmade Knives 

Clint lire shears 

Bob Lav 

Josh Smith 

Brl I Burke 

Stephen Mack rill 

Red St. 1 v r 

Murray Carter 

Peter Marzitclli 

Mick Stridor 

Milton ( hoate 

Kansei Matsuno 

Stephen Stuart 

Pat Crawford 

Mission Knives & Tools 

Joseph SzflasU 

Bam Dawson 

Shinsuke Mivao 

Scott Taylor 

Andre de Villiers 

Dervk Munroc 

Hugh Tealer 

Allen Elishcvvii/ 

Hidetoslii Nukavama 

Nobuvuki t'ekama 

Dave Idlis 


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Ralph Freer 

Richard Palmer 

Arthur Washburn 

Stanley Fujisaka 

Taylor Palmer 

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This is just a sample of the high-art pieces that mill be on display at BLADE Show West. 
Jot Singh Khalsa built and designed the piece, which Includes a nickel damascus blade 
and a jade handle and jade sheath inlay. The silver and 24k-gold Inlay work is by Ron 


Dave Ellis of exquisiteknives.com. a 
buyer and setter of Bill Moran and Bob 
Loveless knives on the secondary 
market, wilt conduct a seminar on the 
subject. This particular carbon-steel 
Moran piece belongs to Jim Phillips. The 
handle is curly maple inlaid in silver 
wire. The wood-lined leather sheath 
features a silver throat. (Point- 
Seven photo) 

After a tew years absence, W.D. 
Pease will once again entertain 
BLADE Show West patrons 
with his fancy folder magic. 
This particular piece 
features ATS-34 blade 
steel, a Cape buffalo 
handle and engraving 
by Chris Meyer. 
(Point Seven photo) 

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From the John Wayne Airport, take 
Mac Arthur Boulevard, Turn left and 
get on 1-405 South. Fxil at Jamboree 
Road and turn left. The Hyatt 
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17900 Jamboree Rd.. Irvine. CA 
42614 (949) "75-1234 or (800) 233- 
1234. Parking for non-overnight 
guest-; is $4. S7 Tor overnight. For 
more information contact BLADE 
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By Wayne Goddard 

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Hand Tools for 
Beginning Bladesmiths 

I: Which arc the best tongs to buy and 
what is the correct hammer for begin- 
ners? (Mike Distin, Olmsted Falls, Ohio) 

BLADE* advertisers Centaur Forge and 
Kayne and Sons are good sources for 
hammers and tongs. They sell the tongs 
made by Gran I Sarver of Off Center Forge, 
['hose longs (sec Illustration "D are light- 
weight yet stronger by far than most old 
blacksmith tongs weighing two or three 
times as much. 

The TOVB-8 (Centaur stock number) 
would be a good pair with which 10 start. 
This pair holds most narrow-tang blades by 
the tang and small-to-medium-width blades 
by the point. Illustration f?2. Figure B, is the 
TOVB-8 holding a 3/4-inch-widc blade by 
the tip. This pair of longs will hold round 
bar stock and square stock. 

The "V"-bit tong is shown at the right in 
Illustration #2 and the box jaw is at the left. 
The reins and jaws within a type are all the 
same size. Specific sizes arc made by heal- 
ing the lips and adjusting to the size of stock 
being held. The sizes listed in the catalogs 
have been adjusted so thai the jaws are 
parallel on work of that width or diameter. 
I've got the 3/8-inch "V" jaw, which holds 
most knife-sized material. I've also got a 
pair of the 3/8-inch box jaw, which is a 
handy all-around size (TOBJ-06; see Illus- 
tration #2 [A].) For holding Hat bar stock l- 
inch thick and over. I keep the blade on the 
bar or use Vise Grips* till 1 gel a narrow- 
tang on ii, and then use the box-jaw tongs 10 
hold ii by the tang. The TOBJ- 1 6 would be 
gmul 1 J > 1 1 l 1 -a civ using a lot <it' I -inch 11, u 
bar stock. 

A common mistake for the beginner is 
to use a hammer that's too heavy, A cross 
pein that weighs 2 pounds is a good one for 
beginners. Most novices will have belter 
control with a hammer that's 1101 too hea\\ 
for ihcir level of strength. The only advan- 
tage of a heavier hammer is that it moves 

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the meial faster. As 
your forging muscles 
gain strength, there 
will come a lime thai 
a move up in weight 
is a natural progres- 
sion. It took me 
nearly 10 years of 
forging blades to 
work up to where I 
could use a 3 -pound 
hammer for most of 
my forging. 

A Centaur Forge 
stock number for a 2- 
pound hammer that 1 
would recommend is 
#11 523 P. If you want 
10 start out with a 
2.5-pound hammer, 
the #1 I524P is the 

one to get. For the strong of arm and hand, 
the 3-pound model is #1 1525P. 

Sources for tongs and hammers are: 
Kayne & Son Custom Hardware, Dept. 
BL1 I. 100 Daniel Ridge, Candler. NC 
28715 (828) 667-8868 or (8281 665-1988 
fax (828) 665-8303 www.kayneandson 
.com: and Centaur Forge (blacksmith tools, 
equipment, books and video tapes), Dept. 
BL11. 117 N. Spring. Burlington, W[ 
53105-0340 (414) 763-9175 or, for orders 
onlv, (800) 666W175. 

Illustration #2; "A" shows the box- jaw longs holding a blade by the 
tang. "8" shows the "v"'-jaw tongs holding a blade by the tip. 

2: Once the edge is quenched, do you then 
quench the rest of the blade, and temper 
as usual? Also, I'm using woods — mostU 
bird's-eye maple and various forms of 
bubinga and korina (black limba). t 
would like to use some synthetic materi- 
als, such as G-li and Mkarta*, but I'm 
unsure of how in shape them. Should (hey 
be carved or can they be ground and 
sanded? (Jason Parcell, Matthews, North 

Illustration §1i The author's favorite tongs for holding blades. 


Hero's how I do an sd§C quench: 1 liv back 
uf the blade is kept above ilk' surface of the 
ml <>! yiiop ijut'ti chain until there's no color 
showing in it. The whole blade is then 
allowed to cod m the quenchant until h can 
be handled with bare hands, the blade is 
placed in it box uf sawdust, where the 
- oil or jKiop is cleaned by scrubbing 
with a stiff-bristled brush. One side is 
ground down lo bare metal and then the 
blade is put in the tempering men The bare 
steel surface will beat witness to the 
temperature reached b) the oxide culm n 

shows. I use a convection o\en but ;m> 
baking oven that can be properly adjusted 
will work. I put an accurate oven ther- 
mometer in with the blade tor a double 
check of the temperature. I use .1 triple 
temper lor a minimum of one hour lor each 
cycle. U hides arc allowed to cool 10 room 
temperature between tempering cycles. 

Vs For the handle materials you 
mentioned, Vliearta grinds well with sharp 
bells and can be worked with tiles and 
sandpaper, After being taken to 4(10 grit, it 
can be either bulled, nibbed w ith steel wool 
or blasted with sand or glass beads to give 
more of a non-slip surface. I don't WOtfc ( 1 
10 I'm my friend, knifcinaker Hob l.uni. 
does, so 1 asked him for his method. He 
says he usually hand finishes, sometimes 
bead blasting for a textured effect Some (i- 
1(1 has a fine weave, others coarse: each 
will give a different effect Hob says (Ml) 
is extremely hard on tooling hut can be cut 
slowl) with hi-nictal blades. (Bi-metal 
blades have hi eh -speed -si eel edges and will 
outlast standard blades many times.) 
Carbide cullers are used for shaping. 

\hiui: 25 years ago .1 customei gave B1C 
,1 light green chunk nl heavy material with 
which to make kuilc handles. It looked like 
Micaila but took the teeth off a brand new 
handsaw blade the minute I contacted the 
blade with it. I took an axe and split off 
some slabs, cut the slabs lo shape with my 
diamond rock saw. and did the rough shap- 
ing wilh wel grinding wheels. Il was some- 
what like working fade and made some 
beautiful handles. Thar was m\ first experi- 
ence with (i-ll) The "(i" may stand for 
glass. The component of Micarla that's 
Cloth is fiberglass in (i-ll). and that's what 
ruined m\ handsaw blade. 

Hob says carbon liber is ahoul ihe same 
lo work as 0*10, except it's more prone lo 
splinter 1 le classes il as dangerous to work. 
It makes a very fine powder thai slicks in 
everything, All precautions should he used 
against breathing the dust. 

A good face mask should be worn for 
working wuh Micana. (i-lll and carbon 
Rbei A vacuum system is necessary 10 
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An old pair the author bought tor S2 at a 
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Reference the newest, tightest, boldest, 
brightest and best damascus patterns 

By Job Kertzman 

Steve Dunn takes credit for devel- 
oping only one damascus 
pattern— thorns & thistles — a 
pattern he describes as looking 
like flower petals that come to 
sharp points and curve back onto 
themselves, (PointSeven photo) 

Like ;i stunningly beautiful 
person, damascus has the power 
to make people slop and lake 
notice. Like clear-blue eyes set 
againsi olive skin, some damas- 
cus contrasts so nicely, jaws drop at the 
stghi 11!" it. Yes, pattern-welded seel can be 

drop-dead gorgeous 

Developments in damascus patterns 

have kept pace with nearly all other areas of 
kuitciiKikine I'n explain llie most mod ni 
patterns lakes some doing, bul by giving 
damascus makers ihe floor, patterns ate 
revealed and I he methods of making I hem 

are unraveled. 

"I use several different steels depend- 
ing on ihe patterns I want to achieve,' 
knifemaker Sieve Dunn says, "The 
two most basic are I5N20 and 1(175 
for pattern welding I use nickel Ibr 
Contrast, and when I make an 
image in powdered sleets. I 
always border it with pure nickel for 
eon trust. 

"lor a ItitUiT piiitcrn. you si.tr; uitlt a 
bar of steel with a lol of layers say ; 2i>," he 
proposes. "I hen. you eui intermittent 
grooves down the length of the bar and 
perpendicular In it. cutting about one-third 
of the vvav through ihe bar each time You 
stagger the cuts (rom one side of the bar to 
the Other so they don't line up from side to 

"forge the bai flat to hung the cut layers 
In the surface ami expose them." Dunn 
explains. "Looking at a finished blade, a 
ladder patient runs straight up from the edge 
to the spine, while a wist pattern general!} 

? ii 11 
;i II v 
from edge 
10 ipii 

I 01 iv. is] 

laiuasetis. Dunn 

starts villi seven 

layers ol steel, often 

1084 and \i 

alternating the steels 

: i om one lav ei to the 

ne\ I lie makes his hi si 

veld, draws the bat out. beats 

in a welding temperature 

.■lumps one end ol ihe har in a 
vise and twists the othci end with a 
pipe wrench. 

flic tighter von twist, the tightei the 
pattern geis." iu- says "The visual effect is 
ihe same as looking al fwisted strand il 
string lo make a thuhJe-har mist, you use 
two bars and twisi one clockwise ami the 
other counterclockwise and weld the two 
together to achieve .i i beivtm pattern. 

■\ chevron is several bars pui together, 
one wiih a left-hand twist, and the nexi with 
g ri 'in hand iwist." Dunn details "I his has 
also been called a Tiirlrfsti twists' 

Kllhough he has forged quite a few 
pauerns and dabbled extensively in moxaU 
damascus, Dunn only takes credit foi devel- 
oping one pattern iharn.% & thistles lo the 
maker, the pattern in thorns .V thistles looks 
like ilnvvei pel. ils that come to sharp points 
and curve hack onto themselves 

" \ true mosaic pattern like thorns *x 
thistles should i<m .ill the wa) through the 

steel, creating a mirror image of Use! I from 
one end to the other fhe pattern should run 
through ihe sieel vniihuisc. nol length 
wise." he stresses "Mosaic damascus is 

revealed on the end of a bar. while othei 
damascus patterns are exposed from (lie 
side " 

Cliiiin Saw Damascus? 

"I dunk of a bat of steel .is a log. and if von 
go lo a lumber null anil waul a slice ofl the 
end of the log. thai would he mosaic," 
damascus maket Itoh Eggcrling savs. "|f 
you cm something ofl the side ol it. that 
would be iegul.it damascus " 

When asked if he popularized mosaic 
damascus. Daryl Meier humbiv denies jt, 
saying he was involved early on in advising 
smiths like Steve Schwarzer and Hank 
knickmevcr on Ihe development ol mosaic 

"flic term 'mosak before n was asso- 
ciated with pattern- welded steel, involved 

taking little pieces ol ui.iieiial and stacking 
them up or arranging them in patterns for 
tiles, oi whatever." Meiei explains "When 
villi iv ere done arranging ihe pieces, (he 
pattern was accomplished rhal w,is |i 

"One method of making a mosaic- 
damascus blade is io arrange steels in a bai 
until a pattern is achieved and to cui slices 
oil the end of Ihe bar, and thai becomes a 
knik blade through t'oigiug." Meiei says 
"i oi bolstet stock. Hob Eggcrling lavs up p 
design in a bar using rods "Ihe roils are like 
hits and pieces of mosaic He forge welds 
ihe bar and cuts slices off the end Ibi bolstct 


! loin mj point ol view, u is legitimate 

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to call thai mosaic damascus," Meier 
exclaims. "What I did 20 years ago was to 
take a bar. and rather than slice the end off 
it, I twisted it. That caused the detail of the 
design to coil. Then, by cutting it length- 
wise. I got a repeating pattern. My work 
went beyond the concept of mosaic. What 1 
did was an interpretation of Turkish damas- 

"As best as I've been able to track it 
down, Turkish damascus was given its name 
in Germany in the l60G's-1700"s to distin- 
guish it from other patterns," Jerry Rados. 
whose name has been closely associated 
with the steel, says. "It had to do with Turk- 
ish tapestry and manipulating different 

Meier describes Turkish damascus as 
several twisted rods welded together side- 
ways. No matter how thick the final blade 
stock is, each layer of his Turkish damascus 
will measure one-thousandth-of-an-inch 
thick. In contrast, he says there is no effort 
taken to control a random -damascus 

In addition to Turkish damascus, Rados 
makes random-pattern damascus. single- 
and double-twist patterns, and what he 
refers to as a tight ladder pattern. 

"Random-pattern damascus looks like a 
series of water marks or dots." he says. "In 
essence, instead of twisting the steel or 
manipulating it. to achieve a random 
pattern, a steel billet is hammered flat." 

A raindrop pastern, according to Meier, 
consists of concentric closed lines, usually 
circular toward the center and rectangular or 
square as they migrate out from the center. 

"Sometimes I have a 

good idea how the 

pattern will turn out, 

and other times I'm 


— Steve Dunn 

Damascus Droplets 

"A raindrop pattern is similar to a hull 's-ttye 
pattern. A lot of people call it 'buH's-seyc" 
or 'pool and eye.'" Dunn qualifies, "Bull's- 
eye is achieved by drilling holes a third of 
the way through bar stock and forging it 
back fiat to bring the bottoms of the drilled 
holes up to the surface. It's been around 
forever. I think Bill Moran did that pattern 

Dunn has gone beyond the basics 
straight into mosaic making, "I used powder 
steel to make one knife called 'Poltergeist,'" 
he says. "The blade steel had images of 
ghost heads and dancing stick men. In using 
a powdered steel, you can make images and 
then pour the powder over that. It gives you 
much more pattern freedom. 


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A Selection of Damascus Patterns 

Ladder pattern by Johnny Stout (Point- 
Seven photo) 

Twist pattern by Richard Epting (Point- 
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Random pattern by David Roeder (Blade- 
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Raindrop stainless damascus by Mike 
Norris: knife by Warren Osborne (Point- 
Seven photo) 

Cable damascus by Al Lawrence (Point- 
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Mosaic darnascus by Rick Dunkerley 
(PointSeven photo) 



Turkish-twist darnascus by Jerry Rados; 
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Spirograph damascus by Devin Thomas; 
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Sharkstooth damascus by Devin Thomas; 
knife by J. A. Harkins (PointSeven photo) 

Paisley damascus by Bob Eggerling; 
knife by Kenneth Williams (PointSeven 

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Vines & roses damascus by Devin 
Thomas; knife by Daniel Stephan (Point- 
Seven photo) 

Firestorm damascus by Dick and Rob 
Patton (BladeGallery.com photo) 


"Sometimes. 1 have a good idea how the 
pattern will turn out. and other limes Cm 
surprised," Dunn admits. 

Knife and damaseus maker Hob Bizzell 
refers to powdered steel as "canister steel, " 
a reference lo the square tubes used lo 
contain the powder. "The canister steels 
come in handy for developing images," he 

"Say you have pieces of square tube, 
and i f you have a ^ood concept ol" space 
and ihree-dimensional forms." Bizzell 
proposes, "you can form shapes, like a 
horse head, for instance, to fit into the 
square tube. You fill in the res! of the area 
with powdered steel." 

"Some mosaics start out by pre-shaping 
parts thai may or may not be laminated," 
Meier says. "A pari might be one solid 
piece in the shape of a star, for example, 
and other parts might fit into the "v* shapes 
formed In the nntside ol the siar. I have lots 
of patterns on the drawing board. If you cun 
draw it on paper, I can put it into a pattern." 

"If you can draw it on 

paper, I can put it into 

a pattern." 

— Darxl Meier 

The drawing board is exactly w here you 
can Find Figgerliiig. who specializes in 
mosaic damaseus. "I stumble around with 
patterns. Instead of watching TV in the 
evenings, 1 work on grafi paper," he says. 
"Most of my designs are mosaics, mostly 
composite bat's, but not traditional 

Meier says a composite is two materials 
put together that don't form a homogenous 
structure. "1 make a material I call 
"composite' that is similar to a three- layer 
sandwich with the core one steel, and a 
different steel for the outer layers." he says. 

"I stan with thin pieces of straight lami- 
nate bar. maybe 1095 at I K-incn thick." 
Hggcrling says. "I pile up 20 or so ol" those 
like a sandwich, and in between each one, 
I'll add a thin strip of nickel. 

"If I'm working in mosaic, then I have 
to forge four of those together, and I hen 
sometimes I draw those out. bring them 
down to whatever si/e I want and forge four 
more together, and I do it again until I have 
my pattern. Some patterns might take a 
week to make." he says. 

"1 did it all by hand for a few years uniil 
I realized I wasn't getting anywhere with- 
out a power hammer. Then 1 found oul 
about presses," F.ggerling remarks. "A press 
is slower and controllable. The steel I work 
oh en starts out 3 or 4 inches square and 1 
draw it down to an inch-and-a-quarter. 
You'd need a monstrous power hammer. 
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Though the mermaid's hair isn't braided. 
the damascus blade and rear bolster are — 
braided damascus by Bob Bggerling. that 
is. Stephen Olszewski's folder also features 
a mother~af-peart handle, carved bolsters 
and four mother ot pearl Inlays. (PolntSeven 

The snakeskin-damascus 
blade of Bob Bizzell's 
double-edge boot knife Is 
a pattern he developed 
by combining the 
traditional W's and 
basket weave 
patterns. (Blade- 

Patchwork Patterns 

Eggerling. who attends quilt 
shows to come up with some of the 
mosaic patterns he develops, says he's 
best known for the spotted crossroads 
mosaic pattern. He has also had two other 
mosaics take root as of late, including pais- 
ley and braided. 

"Paisley is a pattern with "S" curves 
running in the same direction, and braided 
has *S" curves running in opposite direc- 
tions to each other," he says. "I start out 
with four bars of 15N20 and 1095. If you 
lay four bars side-by-side in a tight group 
and look at them from the end, you'll see a 
gap in the form of a cross between them. 1 
put nickel in there, twist it and slice into it," 
Some patterns originate in one place 
and evolve elsewhere. "Sharkstooth and 
firestorm were originated by Don Fogg, but 

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I'm tttc only guy to do ihe pa Herns in stain- 
less damascus." Devin Thomas says 

Thomas, with the help of his production 
manager. Art Washburn, works in three 
main combinations of stainless damascus: 
AH (HI and .102: 440C and 302: and AEBL 
and ATS-34. To obtain or develop patterns, 
he uses ladder or raindrop-pattern dies and 
hm Ids billets in symmetrica] ways. 

"Where you see the pattern in firestorm 
develop is along the edge." Washburn 
explains. "When 1 lay it out. the edge of the 
bar ends up being the edge of the blade. 
That's where you see the fire explosions, 
along the edge. Sharkstooth is a ladder 
pattern and a close cousin to firestorm, You 
identify it by the i rispness of the zigzag- 
ging lines. They are pointed like a shark's 

Thomas can claim one pattern as his 
own. "Spirograph was completely origi- 
nated by me." the bladesmtth says. 

Washburn describes the pattern as 
multiple sine waves running through lite 
blade. "It's a symmetrical) repealing wave 
with equal peaks and valleys," he describes. 
"It's achieved with ladder-pattern dies, and 
vines df roses is out of the same billet but 
it's achieved by using raindrop dies." 

Gallery on -Fifth 

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We've just scratched 

the surface of what 

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in the future." 

— Bob Bizzell 

Bob Hiz/ell describes his snakeskin 
pattern as "more or less a mosaic," but 
unlike a true mosaic made up of separate 
"tiles," the pattern is the result of using the 
accordion icchait/uc of damascus making, 

"The accordion technique involves 
triangular cutouts in a square bar Of steel." 
he explains, "The tiles are connected rather 
than separate. Snakeskin is a variation of 
the old Ws pattern, combining it with a 
htixketwi-tivc pattern. 1 combined the two 
and that's what I came up with. It looks like 
the skin of a diamondbaek to me. 

"There are so many people out there 
with such good imaginations making 
Incredible damascus that has never been 
seen before." Bi//ell concludes. "We've 
just scratched the surface of what can and 
will be done in the future." 

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shrine time 

shrine time 

The Man Who 
Carried Knifemakers 

Bob Schrimsher's enshrinement in the Cutlery Hall Of Fame 
is long overdue — but is it enough? 
By BLADE® staff 


and made knives wouldn't be 
as you know [hem today if il 
weren't for Bob S eh rim slier, 
i he latest inductee into the 
Blade Magazine Cutlery 

Hall Of Fame. 

It was Schrimsher who, in 
1969. began Bob Schrimsher's 
Custom Knifemaker's Supply 
in Emory. Texas, basically 
the only knifemaking supply 
business at the time. "There 
was no Koval Supply, no 
Sheffield Supply, and 
Knife And Gun Finishing 
Supplies didn't exist. 
Bob was it." noted A.G. 
Russell, Cutlery Hall- 
Of-Famer who helped 
induet Schrimsher at the 
2001 BLADE Show 
Awards Banquet. 

According to Russell, 
he gave all his sources 
for buying steel, brass, 
nickel silver and handle 
materials to Schrimsher in 
'69, and from then through 
the I980's Bob supplied 
knifemakers everywhere. 
"He was a friend to everybody 
who made knives," A.G. 
recalled. "He's one of the nicest 

Cutlery Hali-Of-Famer Btackie Collins 
(left) accepts the Cutlery Hall-Of-Fame 
induction plaque on Bob Schrimsher's 
behalf front fellow Cutlery Hall-Of-Famer 
A.G. Russell. Schrimsher was unable to 
attend due to failing health. 

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Bob Schrimsher served as a pioneer in 
the knifemaking supply business and, for 
a time in the early days of the handmade 
industry, basically was the only knifemak- 
ing supply business. 

people in the industry, and that's in an 
industry full of really nice people." 

According to a story on Schrimsher 
written in the early 1970's by Cutlery llall- 
Of-Famcr B.R. Hughes, Bob's first cata- 
log — issued in '69 — -featured "seven 
different blades, six styles of sheaths, seven 

types of wood, five different stag items, six 
si/es of brass stock and six sizes of stones." 
As Hughes wrote, two-thirds of the full- 
time knifemakers of the day got their 
materials from Schrimsher. Among 
them were Ted Dowel), D.E. Henry, 
Corbel Sigman, Lloyd Hale. 
Cutlery Hall Of Famers Bob 
Loveless and Bo Randall, and 
many more, including Cutlery 
Hall-Of-Famer Blaekie 

Due to failing health, 
Schrimsher was unable to 
attend the banquet to 
accept his award, so 
Collins accepted for him, 
Russell said he'd offered 
to pay Bob's travel and 
accommodation expenses, 
but the long-time supplier 
simply was physically 
unable to attend. 

Blaekie has stayed in 

touch with Schrimsher 

over the years and recalled 

their initial meeting. "When 

I first met Bob (circa 1970), 

I called him and told him 

about some of the supplies I 

needed," Collins began. "He 

invited me to come to his place 

in Emory." 

When Blaekie stepped inside 

Schrimsher's supply warehouse, his 

jaw dropped. 

"I thought I was in a knifemaker's 
mecca because in the back of the ware- 
house were stacks and slacks of things that. 
to me. were like gold— Micarta*, ivory, 
stag, every kind of steel, every kind of brass, 
everything [a knifemaker] could need." 
Collins recalled. 

Schrimsher also had all kinds of knife- 
making equipment and introduced Blaekie to 
the square- wheel grinder. Until that time. 
Collins noted, he had thought a square-wheel 
grinder was somebody's idea of a bad joke, 
"I bought my first square-wheel grinder from 
Bob," he said, adding thai he still uses some 
of the knifemaking equipment he purchased 
from Schrimsher. 

Standing in Bob's warehouse on that 
fateful day around 1970, looking at all those 


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k ni fem aking supplies. il suddenly hit 
Blackie: How much was ii going lo cost him 
to get the materials he needed'.' "Because one 
thing that all knifemakers had in common in 

the 'Mi's and "70*8," Collins said, "was a lack 

nl' money. All of us were soma [broke] with 
a few notable exceptions. [But] Bob said just 
take what you need and 1 said. 'I'd like to but 

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Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Qf- 
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Willi his Kmle-I'uks. M;iut\ tvuiluiion- 
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knives. Until Shavin's Knifc-Paks, many 
collectors carried their knives in aluminum 
siding sales eases, old salesman's knife rolls 
or even homemade cases. 

A charier member of the Natonal Knife 
Collectors Association and one of the 
founders of the National Knife Museum. 
Shavin attended and supported practically 
every NKCA show from dav one until fail- 

ing health precluded him from doing so. As 
one of the first wholesalers of cutlery, he 
helped establish many knife collectors and 
was one of the first to supply "wagon 
jobbers"- -dealers who traveled rural back- 
roads selling knives from the back of station 
wagons. He also was one of the first knife 
importers and was responsible for the 
domestic rcintroduction of Kissing Crane 

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1 can't afford what I need." He said, 'Pay me 
when you gel the money,' and I was startled; 
he didn't know me. 

"But I came to find out that Bob was like 
that to just about anybody. He would let you 
go into his warehou.se ... and pick out what 
you needed, make a list of what you wanted, 
tell him what you were getting, pay him what 
you could and pay him when you could. 

"Bob Schrimsher, for 

many years, carried 


— A.G. Russell 

'i probably owed Bob a lot of money for 
a long lime," Collins noted, "as did ... a lot 
of [knifemakersj." 

There are still makers indebted to 
Schrimsher — not just monetarily hut for all 
the times he fronted them materials, equip- 
ment and other favors. As Russell noled, 
"Bob Schrimsher. for many years, carried 
knifemakers." For such a man, induction 
into the Cullery Hall Of Fame almost seems 
insufficient. Not only do some makers still 
owe him for an untold amount of knifemuk- 
ing supplies, but the handmade industry in 
general owes him for a significant pan of its 
very existence. 

Editor 's note: Inductees to the Blade Maga- 
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sitting Hall Of Famers in a mailed ballot. 
Schrimsher out polled the next- highest vote- 
getters hy a margin of almost two-to-one. 

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randall answer man 






The knife confiscated from Francis Gary Powers after 
his U-2 spy plane was shot down over Soviet airspace 
in 1960 was a Model 8 Trout and Bird old style with a 
pinned stag handle, such as this one, sans the sheath. 
In 1964, the Model 8 was redesigned. (Hamilton photo) 

Though it's unclear what 
happened to the original, 
here's which model it was 

By Pete Hamilton 

Past Randall Shop foreman 

I: There was a recent TV program about 
the late Francis Gary Powers that showed 
some of the things confiscated after his V- 
2 spy plane was shot down in l.S.S.R, 
airspace and captured by the Soviets in 
I'JMI. Among the items was a knife that 
looked like a Randall. What model was it, 
where is il now and was Powers a Randall 
fan? (name withheld In request) 

I be knife is a Model S Trout and Bird old 
style with a pinned stag handle. The knife 
illustrated herein is the same model with the 
same handle configuration. The accompany- 
ing picture shows a sheath, though the photo 
of the knife I he Soviets confiscated doesn't. 

70 / BLADE 

As for where the confiscated piece is today, 
one must assume it's still in Russia. 

As for Powers being a Randall knife 
collector, there are no records to substantiate 
this. In the 14th catalog printing, there's a 
short statement about the Model S being 
carried by Powers when he was shot down. 
The statement was removed from the 1 6th 
catalog printing in 1464 when the Model K 
was redesigned. 

2: What is meant by Randall dealer 
specials'} (a frequently asked question) 

There are some Randall dealers who have a 
special hlade design. The blades are made 

only for them and their order. Randall Made 
Knives doesn't have the dealer special 
knives to sell; they must be ordered from the 
respective dealer. The dealers are Rick 
Bowles, Wayne Buxton. Tom Clinton, Jack 
Crider, Doug Kenefkk, Nordic Knives. 
A.O. Russell and Chris Stanaback, The 
Randall Knife Society (RKSt also has a 
special design. 

Speaking of the RKS. Rhetl Stidham. 
RKS president, asked me about a Model 10 
with a ,1-ineh blade and a stag handle with 
mosaic pins he saw on e-Bay. The only 
thing I could find on these Model 10's is 
thai there were about It) made in l l W>, Six 
were made in March '99 and four in April 


the same year. Also around thai time, ihe 
Randall shop made some 5- ami 7-inch 
blades wilh stag handles and mosaic pins. 
and sold them oi er the counter. 

About three years ago ai the HLADh Show. 
a gentleman approached me at Tom Clin- 
ton's Sharp Stuff display table. Me talked 
very secretively and showed me a couple of 
pictures of the Randall knife designed by Bo 
Randal] and Lt James H. Zarbarias in 1942. 
The gentleman said he'd met the Zachanas 
family and they still had Zaeharias's knife 
At the time of our conversation. I suggested 
thai lie write n Mory about. his meeting with 
the family and all that transpired, and also 
about the knife itself. If thai person is read- 
ing this, I sure wish he'd do sonieihmg with 
the information he has. It would make a fine 
story The 1943 Zacharias model was the 
beginning of what's known today as the 

Model I. 

3: Were any Randall knives ever 
chromium plated'.' When and why? And 
what's (he story on the l.ucite blocks? 
(T.I.., Rockford, Illinois) 

In the early 1950s, chromium plating was 
an extra offered on all knives for dis|i!:i> 
purposes. At ihe time of the addition of the 
Randall bowies in 1953-54, the chromium 
plating was especially recommended if the 
knives were to be displayed, as the bowies 
ofth.it lime were all made of carbon steel 
This e\tra feature remained in the catalog 
through the late "60*s. It was dropped in the 
20th catalog printing in 1970. 

As for your third question: In Ihe '50's 
ihere were three models — of which I'm 
aware made in miniature and placed in 
Lucite blocks They were the Model 3 
1 1 u ni er. ihe 12 Smithsonian and the 13 
Toothpick. Later, in the '6(t's. the Astro was 
mounted in miniature in Luc He block. These 
are all (he instances with which I'm famil- 
iar. If anyone is aware of others, please lei 
me know. 

4: When was the Gambler Model first 
produced? (S.M., McHenry, Illinois) 

The Gambler was designed by Rick Howies 
in 1987 and had two blade lengths: 4 inches 
in 3 Id-inch stainless steel stock ami 5 
inches in I 4-iueh carbon or stainless steel 
stuck \t liisi. the ktmes weren'l in the 
catalog In 1994, both knives were added to 
a pictured insert showing uon-calalog items 
that could be ordered The 5-inch blade was 
dropped from the list in 2000 when ihe non- 
catalog picture was redone. 

5: What are welded lufjs? (S.M., Orlando. 

When ihe Randall bowies tirsi were made, the 
hilt was a half-ineh-thick piece of brass. The 
lugs were welded on, or just a gob of weld 
was added and the lugs were filed to shape. 
They were shown in the I950's as welded and 
were illustrated lljat way through to the 21st 
catalog printing of 1971. In the 22nd eaialog 
printing in l')74. lite lugs wet* shown as eul 
out and filed from ha If- inch brass stock. 
Today's lugs are the same as they look in lite 
22nd catalog printing (one-piece brass). 

6: I picked up a knife in a secondhand 
store and am fa \ inn you a picture of it, 
tan you tell me when il may have been 
made? (ATI. Itarlland. Michigan) 

The faxed picture doesn't show anything 
that may aid in the determination of the time 
period, and your description and measure- 
ments don't help, either Being handmade, 
all the knives are different. The knife does 
look like a Model 1 1 Alaskan Skinner but. 
other than that, dial's about all I can tell 
you. You sure picked up a deal, though. 

"The knife does look 

like a Model 1 1 

Alaskan Skinner but 

i hat's about all I can 

tell you." 

— the author 

Send it back to the Randall shop to get it 
refmished. That way some of the paint and 
rusi on il will be removed. Sorry 1 couldn't 
be of more help. 

Trivia Time 

The lo Special fighter was designed by 
Randall dealer Doug Kenelick in 1978, Ihe 
design was made for him whenever he 
ordered u. In I9VM, the model was added to 
ihe non-catalog list that was an insert to ihe 
catalog. The knife is stiil a non-catalog item 
anil is on today's non-catalog list. 

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spec sheet 

m By MSG Kim Breed 
5m Special Forces (ret) 

Rebel With A Cause 

Cold Steel's Ti-Lite meshes retro and hi-tech 
in one slender sliver of steel 

When I first heard about the Ti- 
Lite, it seemed out of character 
for a Cold Steel design. When I 
saw art advertisement tor it. I wondered how 
company CEO Lynn Thompson and his 
engineers were going to keep it locking like 
,i *50*s switchblade though the knife itself 
is not an auto, it looks like something James 
Dean might 've carried and still he tough 
enough to survive the testing process. 
Switchblades from the '50's were so sloppy 
that they rattled in your pocket, the blades 
themselves having significant side-to-side 

That's where custom knifemaker Phil 
Bogus/ewski comes into play. Phil's work 
is sleek yet very functional. I like his blades. 
His design influence on the Ti-Lite lakes 
Cold Steel in yet another direction in its 
knife lineup. The looks are definitely there, 
but wilt it hold up to the average guy's knife 
uses and "oops's"? Let's have some fun 
with this updated design. 


The skeletonized handle of forged titanium 
provides plenty of strength yet keeps the 
weight to a minimum. A 50-ihousandlh-of- 

The author used the Ti-Lite's dagger-style blade to make 48 clean 
cuts on half -inch man Ha rope before the edge started to slide. 

an -Inch liner has a 
short bend for strength, 
AUS-KA is the blade 
steel and a black poly- 
mer serves as the spacer 
material. The Ti-Lile is 
simple in construction yet 
extremely durable. 

One tiling that jumps out 
:.; you is the folder ■- stiffness 
of opening. A large detent ball, 
along with I he sharp bend in the 
lock, is the reason, A I first 1 
didn't like It but. the more I played 
mth it. I understood why Cold Steel 
did it tin strength and positive lock- 
ing, (here will he no accidental open- 
ings in your pocket with the Ti-Lite. 
Conversely, when the spring wedges 
behind the blade, only removal of the *■ 
spring will close the knife, which is as 
it should he. The angle is great enough 
that the blade cannot close back on the user. 
Cold Sieel uses some of the most 
destructive testing in the knife industry. The 
Ti-Lite passed the company's regimen of 
100 pounds of pressure on the lock without 
failure. This is a tremendous amount of 
force. I'll verify the 
folder's lock strength 
and see if it will hold 
as much as Cold Sieel 
says but I'll save 
thai lest for last just in 

The Ti-Lile is 
made for slicing and 
penetration. With a 
thin dagger-like point, 
many other fine 
cutting uses can be 
accomplished that are 
next to impossible 
with some knives. The 
A US -8 A blade sliced 
through stacks of card- 
board with tittle elf on. 
Next, half-inch mamla 
rope received 4K clean 
cuts before the edge 


Company Cold Steel 

Model Name Ti-Lite 

Style Tactical folder 

Design Influence Phil Boguszewski 

Blade Steel AlJS-SA 

Rockwell Hardness 58-55 KC 

Blade Stuck I S" 

Blade Shape Dagger style 

Blade Length 4" 

Handle forged titanium 

Lock Locking liner 

Liner 6AL-4V 

Closed Length 4 34" 

Weight 4.6 02. 


Looking like it just stepped out of a 
'50's James Dean movie, the Cold 
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the latest materials — including a 
skeletonized handle of 
forged titanium and AUS- 
8A blade steel — in a 
streamlined locking-liner 
folder. Suggested retail: 
St 99.99. 

started to slide. While 
cutting the rope. I found 
thai the guard on the 
lop was very sharp 
and dug into my 
finger. A little 
work with a 
^ Kraytex wheel 
removed the 
sharp edge 
and made 
using the 
knife more 
comfortable. \ 
The fi-Lite 
blade dug deep 
into a pine 2x4 
and was extremely 
controllable shav- 
ing off fine strips 
from same. 

The handle of CP 
titanium seems a little bulky at first but it 
feels great in your hand. The flared butt 
makes for an excellent push point. It also 
serves as a great surface to strike for deeper 
blade penetration, without hurting your hand 
to boot, (ireat idea! 

72 / BLADE 


spec sheet 

Now it's time Tor ihc lock test. How 
about 1 20 pounds of pressure on the lode? I 
wauld've done more hut ran out of weights. 
The Ti-Litc lock performed exactly as the 
company says — no bull! 


Sometimes the sharp edges on the blade 
guard snagged the inside of my pocket, 
pulling the pocket halfway out during with- 
drawal. Smooth out the blade guard edges 
and this folder is close to perfect. Also, a 
reversible clip option would be nice. 


The Ti-Ltie is an excellent dual-purpose 
knife. I'm glad to see a long, narrow blade 
in a factory folder. It's elegant and graceful 
yet still has thai "nasty" look. The Ti-Litc is 
one to have and carry at all times. (Author's 
note: Check local, slate and federal laws for 
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your area.) 

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Those who vend factory knives for a living 
pinpoint the best sellers in the $150 vicinity 

Three hot-selling factory one-handers in the $150 range include, from left, the Spyderco Wegner 
C48 ($120 MSRP), William Henry Knives S07 ($130 MSRP), and Cold Steel Recon 1 ($140 MSRP). 
The S07 was the Blade Magazine 2000 Overall Knife Of The Year. Howard Korn of the Knife 
Center of the Internet said the C48 "is one of the heftiest of all the LinerLocks®" and a personal 
preference of his. The Cold Steel Recon 1 comes in clip-, tanto- (shown) and spear-point blades, 
and features the new Ultra-Lock operating mechanism. 

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Editor .v note: To arrive oi some of the best- 
selling fudory one-handlers in the mid- 
range anywhere from $1 2D-SI6I) or 
so Industry professionals were palled on 
the models they've sold for at least several 
months. The latest models" such as those 
seen tit the BLADE Show (for more an them. 
see related stories this issue) ■aren't 
included as they hud not been on the market 
long enough to gauge thi ir tales perfor- 
mance for this story Those outlined in the 

following, however, hove. 

The ingredients lhai make a 
factory one -ha rider a good 
value vary from person lo 
person, but most opinions 
will probably center on a 
combination of price and 
performance foilay. more than ever, you 
have choices. II you're looking for an 
affordable one-hand opener, you may have 
more options tlum ain knife consumer out 
there, fact is. an array of high-performance 


one-hand folders are on the market today 
priced around a mid-range of Si 50. 

"If consumers can afford production 
knives in [the mid-range] category, they'll 
gel a lot of the benefits of a custom knife, 
and some of the designs of the custom 
makers." remarked Keith She] ton, a seven- 
year sales veteran with Moteng, a wholesale 
distributor of cutlery and other items, 
'"We're also seeing higher-end materials 
show up in that price range. Titanium is 
being used on a lot of these folder handles, 
and so is G- 1 1). A lot of good blade steels 
are being used, too." 

Spyderco. Columbia River Knife & 
Tool, Benehmadc. Cold Steel, Kershaw and 
others have inundated the radar screens of 
wholesalers, retailers and the buying public. 
The Benehmadc Warren Osborne 940, for 
instance, retailing at around SI 60. has met 
with particular sales success. 

"The [940 is an] aluminum-handled 
[knife] with a three-dimensional shape for a 
great feel." said Howard korn of the Knife 
Center of the Internet. "The hiade design is 

"If you can afford 

production knives in 

the mid- range, you'll 

get a lot of the benefits 

of a custom knife." 

— Keith Shelton 

unique. It's almost a reverse tanto but it 
seems lo work very well. The aluminum 
handle makes it lightweight, and 1 reall 
the Axis® Lock system for fast, smooth 
action and a secure lock-up." 

Shelton and Dan Delavan of Pla/.a 
Cutlery are also fans of the Bench 
Osborne. "The Osborne is popular with 
businessmen because it's slimmer, and they 
will carry it because of its lighter weight," 
remarked Delavan. With its 3.4-ineh blade 

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selling Bench made knives mentioned by 
some retailers included the Stryker Model 
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facturer. The 690 ranges in price from SI 30 
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A "Real Deal" 

Spyderco's Tim Wegner C4K may run about 
SI 20 retail and. according to (Corn, is a "real 
deal." "It's a much more massive knife than 
some others of its type," be commented. "It 
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length: 4 7/8 inches. This is one of the hefti- 
est of all the LinerLocks* and a personal 
preference of mine." 

Korn also identified the 
Spyderco Bob Lum tanto as a 
one-hand opener whose popu- 
larity is rising. Its retail price 
is around SI 70 and it's avail- 
able with either a G-IO or 
titanium handle. Its ATS-55 
stainless blade is nearly 4 
inches long and the Lum weighs 
in at 5, 1 ounces, "Sales of this 
model are really picking up," 
Kom related. 

Shelton praised the Howard 
Viele-designcd Wasp from 
Columbia River Knife & Tool, 
along with the Kershaw Avalanche. 
"The Wasp is available with blades of 
2.87 inches and 3.13 inches," he said. "The 
blade steel is stainless AUS 1 18, and the 
handle has G-10 scales with a titanium 
frame. Suggested retail prices for the two 
sizes arc $1 14.95 and $124.95." 

"Businessmen will 

carry the Benehmade 

Osborne because 

it's slimmer and 

lighter weight." 

— Dan Delavan 

The Avalanche features Ken Onion's 
Speed-Safe opening mechanism. "(The 
Avalanche] has been out for about a year 
and is a consistently good seller." said Shel- 
ton. "Kershaw has taken the blades this year 
and coated them with li-nilride. Last year 

the blades weren't coated, but Kershaw 
didn't raise the price this year. The coaling 
makes the blades resistant to scratches and 
eliminates glare. The handle is G-IO with 
heat-treated 410 stainless liners, and ihe 
blade is [S60VJ stainless. The suggested 
retail price is about SI 30." 

Another popular Columbia River model 
is the M-16, designed by Kit Carson. Korn 
was just receiving the latest model, the I4F 
with a carbon-fiber handle, as BLADE*, was 
going lo press. He said the older models 
with skeletonized aluminum handles, AUS 
I IK stainless blades, and the signature 
Carson Hipper for easy opening are consis- 
tent sellers at about $150. 

Delavan labels Kershaw's Boa as some- 
thing of a novelty knife with its Speed-Safe 
asslsted-opening mechanism, aircraft 

The Kershaw Avalanche (S130 MSRP)— 
particularly the one with the alt-black ti- 
nitride-coated blade — has been an 
especially good seller, according to 
Moteng's Keith Shelton. "Last year the 
blades weren't coated, but Kershaw didn't 
raise the price this year. " he noted. "The 
coating makes the blades resistant to 
scratches and eliminates glare. " The handle 
is G-10 with heat-treated 410 stainless 
liners, and the blade is S60V stainless. 

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but Delavan has some observations, "It's a 
combination of things." he explained. "These 
are the knives that have put the complete 
package together. There arc other krmes out 
there but they may have been around for a 
longer time and are not selling as well. It also 
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Turbcr points to an individual's prefer- 
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this price point, people arc looking for a 
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Other models the retailers said lo watch 
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By Judge Lowell Bray 

BLADES and The Schools: Part I 

The role of knives in children's lives has been changed forever 

Whenever any event or series of 
even is elicits strong emotional 
responses from the public, there 
follows a predictable series of responses. 
first, local officials and bureaucracies 
respond Next, stale and federal officials and 
bureaucracies get into I he mix. lb I lowed by 
stale and perhaps federal legislative bodies, 
finally, the responses are tested in 
the various court systems. It's 
hoped that, as the responses occur 
in an increasing number, they will 
be more thoughtful and dispassion- 
ate. It's one of the virtues of the 
system that it's responsive both to 
the people and in a system;) tic, 
deliberate way. 

"The court seems 
in a hurry to pass 
this issue back to 

the legislative 
side." — the author 

This scenario is currently play- 
ing out in a manner that is impact- 
ing directly on the matter of 
children possessing knives in 
school. Though many — perhaps 
most — school systems banned 
knives years ago. the enforcement 
of the ban never got the attention 
then that it gels today. Because of 
the unimaginable horror of the 
Columbine shootings and a number 
of less catastrophic yet similar 
events that preceded and followed 
it. the role of knives in children's 
lives has been forever changed. 
Though those who keep statistics 
of such things insist lhat the number of 
violent incidents in schools actually has 

declined in recent years, the shock of [hose 
few truly horrendous episodes has set the 
machinery in motion. Local officials already 
have reacted, many with a zero-tolerance 
policy toward anything that they believe 
could conceivably be used as a weapon. 

Recently, the media have reported what 
seems to be an endless scries of incidents 

■In an incident similar to one mentioned in the story, an 8-year- 
old Louisiana honor student was suspended for drawing a 
military man with knives, grenades and canteens strapped to 
his side, (image courtesy of BLADE® reader Ronnie Haneline) 

was arrested, taken to jail and charged with 
a felony when a kitchen knife was found in 
her car parked on school property; 

•An 1 1 -year-old student was suspended 
for bringing a butler knife to school: 

-A 1 0-year-old Colorado girl was 

suspended aflei surrendering a knife in 

school authorities that had been left in her 

lunch box inadvertently by her 

mother; and; 

•A Florida fifth-grade boy was 
taken from school in handcuffs 
and suspended for drawing 
pictures o/'h capo m .' 

Middle-aged and older men 
may reminisce about carrying 
their knives everywhere, includ- 
ing 10 school, but such tolerance 
lives only in memory. It's not 
likely lhat such license will ever 
again be widely enjoyed in this 

It seems that virtually every 
slate now has a statute and every 
school district a rule that 
prohibits students from bringing 
knives onto school property or to 
school events. While these 
restrictions IbnncrK were often 
couched in terms of prohibiting 
"vi capons," today they are more 
likely to be directed toward 
specific weapons and all knives, 

Predictably, cases involving 
these matters are showing up on 
court dockets in increasing 
numbers, the following cases 
Illustrate some of the legislative 
and judicial responses and the 
interplay of the two. 

involving "weapons." These include: 

•A high school senior and merit scholar 

Florida v, A.B. 

Florida Statutes section 
790,H5(2)<a)says in part: 
"A person shall not possess any firearm, 
electric weapon or device, destructive 


BLADE / 81 

your knife rights 

device, or other weapon, including a razor 
blade, box cutter, or knife, except as autho- 
rized in support of school -sanctioned activi- 
ties, at a school -sponsored event or on the 
property of any school bus, or school bus 

"A.B.." a middle school boy. was found 
ill ■school wiih a Ccrher Model 650, a knife 
the appellate court described as having ;i 5- 
inclt handle and a 3 ( "2-inch partially 
serrated blade. 1 le was charged with posses- 
sion of a weapon on a school campus in 
\ i ol an on ol i loi ida Si amies section 
790.1 15(2)(a). On appeal, his attorney 
argued that the statute had to be read in 
conjunction with ihe definition section of 
chapter 790, particularly section 
7O().()0|(13). which says: 

•"■Weapon' means any dirk, metallic 
knuckles, slungshoi, billie. tear gas gun. 
chemical weapon or device, or any oilier 
deadly weapon except a firearm or a 
common pocketknife." He argued that the 
knife was merely "a common pockctknifc" 
and not a weapon within the meaning of the 

The court made short work of this argu- 
ment. Hirst, warning thai no one should infer 
thai the lierber piece was a common pock- 
ctknifc. the court said: 

We disagree with appellant that the defi- 
nition of o weapon means that common 
pockelknives ore not knives within the mean- 
ing of section 790. 1 1 5(2)(o). A weapon is 
one thing, and a knife is another. If the legis- 
lature hod intended to exclude common 

pocketitnives from [this section], which 

became effective in 1 997, it knew how to do 
so, as exemplified by the previously existing 
definition of weapon contained in section 

The court then quoted a portion of an 
opinion from an earlier decision on the same 

The question in this appeal is whether a 
person may lawfully possess a common 
pocketknife on school property, or at a 
school bus stop. The answer is no, unless 'as 
authorized in school sanctioned activities'... 
This statute became effective Oct. 1, 1997, 
ond is unique in its proscription of the 
common pocketknife because theretofore 
one could possess such at school. 

California v. Do kvun» K. 

Surprisingly, considering California's anti- 
knife legislative and judicial history, the 
Golden Stale's statute dealing with knives in 
school is less restrictive than its l-Torida 
equivalent. In part, the California statute 

"Any person [with certain exceptions] 

who brings or possesses any dirk, dagger, 
ice pick, knife having a blade longer Mian 2 
1 2 inches, folding knife with a blade that 
locks in place, a razor with an unguarded 
blade ... upon the grounds of, or within, any 
public or private school providing instruc- 
tion in kindergarten or any of grades I lo 12, 
inclusive, is guilty of a public offense, 
punishable by imprisonment in a county jail 
not exceeding one year, or by imprison mem 
in the state prison." 

"Though many school 
systems banned knives 
years ago, the enforce- 
ment of the ban never 
got the attention then 
that it gets today." 
— the author 

In April of this year, an appeals court in 
California rendered an opinion in a case 
involving a student. Do Kyung K... who was 
found in have a common single-edge razor 
blade in his wallet. The student had 
consented to be searched by a deputy and a 
school employee. Do Kyung K, removed bis 
wallet from his rear pants pocket and placed 
it on a table. The employee picked up the 
wallet and removed money, business cards 
and papers from it. In the process, a razor 
blade fell onto the table. It was a standard 
metal razor blade -rectangular, unit a 
single edge and Hat, The lower court found 
ihe student guilty of violating the portion of 
the stat me referring to a "razor with an 
unguarded blade," The appellate court noted 
thai though this phrase appeared in five 
other California criminal statutes, no statute 
defined it and no court had ever interpreted 
it. As the Florida court did, the appellate 
court looked back to an earlier opinion 
interpreting the statute. !n that case, the 
issue had been what was meant by a "knife 
... ha\ing a blade longer than 2 1/2 inches." 
The knife in question wasn't in violation if 
only the sharpened edge was measured, but 
was in violation if the entire portion outside 
the handle was measured. 

The court reasoned that since the statute 
prohibited .ill stabbing instruments dirks 
and daggers— but only certain cutting 
instruments, the legislature was concerned 
solely with the cutting portion. Therefore, 
the court ruled that "blade" referred only to 
the cutting portion. Ihai is. the sharpened 
portion, of the knife. The court also pointed 
out that when a statute is susceptible to two 

reasonable interpretations, the interpretation 
more favorable lo the defendant should 

The court in Do Kyung K.'s case 
considered definitions of razor from seven 
different dictionaries and found some of the 
definitions to support each side of the argu- 
ment. The court looked at the wmilm i 
the statute and opined, the "phrasing 
suggests that 'an unguarded blade' is a 
component of. rather than the entirety of. a 
razor." In ihe case at hand, the blade vv ;is ihe 
entirely of the object. The court ruled: 

When we lake into consideration the 
various dictionary definitions, the phrasing 
of the razor prohibition and the context in 
which this phrasing is placed in the statute, 
and also consider our obligations to avoid 
rendering statutory languoge ... and lo 
resolve any doubts in ... [defendant's] favor, 
we ore compelled to conclude that the razor 
prohibition in ... [the statute] does not apply 
to a razor blade alone. 

The ease was reversed. 

The court then hastened to point out thai 
a razor blade was obviously a dangerous 
object and encouraged ihe legislature to lake 
prompt action to address the m sitter. It's 
interesting that the court felt compelled lo 
take this last step. Courts are usually some- 
what reluctant to tell legislatures what laws 
ihiY should pass. The legislature, not the 
courts, has the responsibility of passing 
legislation necessary for the protection of 
the public. In passing this law, the legisla- 
ture hadn't fell it necessary to prohibit 
knives with blades under 2 12 inches long. 
Perhaps it deliberately excluded r.i/oi 
blades and various other edged or pointed 
items. However, the court, having declared 
razor blades "legal" at schools, seems in a 
hurry to pass this issue and any attendant 
public attention back to the legislative side 
of ihe playing field. Appellate courts aren'i 
completely unaware of public opinion, and 
one might be forgiven if one suspected that 
the court didn't wsnit to be accused of being 
soft on crime in schools, especially consid- 
ering the current attention the issue is 

Next month, "Your Knife Rights" will 
look at some weapons- in-school incidents 
from Minnesota, a stale that seems to have a 
plethora of such appellate eases of late. 

The author lias been a lawyer since IV72 
and a judge since !W3. He'& also a member 
of The Knijemakers ' Guild, a journeyman 
smith in the American Bladesmith Society, 
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Excellent quality Mark Banlield, PO Box 143, Bay 
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JACK CRAIN hollow handle knives wanted. Fred 773- 

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NEW WEBSITE for custom/handmade knives new 
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PRECISION TOMAHAWKS by Two Hawks, vanadium 
spring steel heads and gunstock finished premium 
handles. These are precision tools, not toys, Web site 
httpa'/www. 2hawks.net or Postal Box 641, Fort 
Benton, MT 59442. 

SCOTTISH SGIAN clubhs. bowies, hunters, and other 
fixed blades by bladesmith Jarod Kearney. Call 336- 
656-4617, email: iarodkmmindspring.com or visit: 
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WANTED: ANY condition handmade knives ; Randall, 
Scagel, Ruana, F.S, Richtig, Morseth. Bone. Cooper, 
Loveless, Moran, Life, elc. Also mililary knives and 
pocketkniues, watches. Send description and price to: 
Aneelo So lino, 201 Toronto Ave., Massapequa, NY 
11758 516-798-4252. 

WANTED: SCAGEL, R.H. Ruana. Randall. Loveless, 
Morseth. Remington, and Marbles knives and axes, 
Any Heiser knife Or axe Sheaths. 229-732-6982. 
anytime. Gordon White, Box 181, Cuthbert, GA 



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THREE OUTSTANDING instructional knite making 
videos by Bill Moran, "Making of a Knife" 90 minutes 
$55. "Damascus" 90 minutes $55. "Handles, Guards 
& Sheaths" 2 hours 20 minutes $65. Including 
shipping and handling. Carole Sanford, PO Box 2077- 
,B, Olympia, WA 98507. 



FUR HATS, mitts, headbands, earmuffs, and tanned 
lurs. 906-632-2768. tibbarbeauw 30below.com 


Al KNIFE Site on the internet! Best selection and 
prices. Retail, wholesale, and specials. Http:/,' 

CANADIAN DEALER servicing the collector for the 
last 10 years. Largest selection in Canada. All major 
brands. Great prices and selection. Thousands of 
knives in stock (or immediate delivery. Visit our store 
when in Toronto. Minutes from the airport. Located 
at the Woodbine Shopping Centre across from the 
Woodbine Racetrack at the corner of Hwy 27 and 
Rexdale Blvd. S&R Knvies Inc. Ph 416-675-6464, 
fat 416-675-6465, E-mail: infowsrknives.com 
Website: http://www.srknives.com 

COLLECTOR GRADE Knives- Queen, Schatt & 
Morgan, Ka-Bar, Robeson, Remington and Case. We 
stock kmlepaks and rolls. Send $2 for our calalog. 
S&S & Sons Cutlers, POB 50 1C, Lomita, CA 90717. 
310-326-3869 or visit our web site http:// 
www sn sandsonsc utlers.com 

FALCON IMPEX. 8555 1 1 5lh Si., Suite A4, 
Richmond Hills, NY 11418. Importer of pocket, 
hunting, bowie, sword, fishing knives, daggers. E-mail 
Falconimpexi.imsn.com, 888-839-2709. lax 718- 

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what's new 

Schrade Introduces 
Texas Ranger Knife 

Schrade honors the Texas Rangers 
with a limited-edition. 4 I /4-inch 
trapper with acid-etched and mirror- 
polishcd blades, a Staglon* handle, a blaek- 
lealher sheath and a deluxe presentation box. 
For more information contact Schrade, 
aim: T. Faust. Dcpt. BL1 1. 7 Schrade Cl., 
Ellon\ille. NY I2-42S (845) 647-7601. 

Forged 5160 Tops 
Off St. Cyr Bowie 

Lightfoot Hollow 
Grinds Two Tantos 

The Predator Back Up and 458 Mag 
tantos from Greg Lightfoot sport 
hollow -ground BG-42 blades, carbon- 
liber bolsters and G- 1 (1 handles. 

For more information contact Greg 
Lightfoot, Dcpt. BL1I. R.R #2. Kitscoty. 
Alberta, Canada TOB 2Pl> |7N0) 846-28 1 2. 


, ed St t \r builds a bowic with a 
'forged 5160 blade, a crown-stag 
^handle, a mikl-siee! guard and a 

copper ferrule and buttcap. 

For more information contact Red St. 

Cyr, Dcpt. BLII. 1218 N. Gary Ave.. 

Wilmington, CA 90744 (310) 5 1 8-4525. 

Richartz Combines 
Blades And Tools 

Fresh from Richartz is the Quadro 
pocketknife with a combination of 
black-coaled and gray implements, 
including two blades, scissors, cap lifter, 
corkscrew, screwdriver and can opener. 

For more information contact Richartz, 
aim: ll.Ci, Richartz. Dcpt. BLII. 1825 
Walnut Hill Ln., Ste. 120, Irving. TX 75038 
1800) 859-2029. 

Butcher Knife Has 
Ergonomic Handle 

The Friedr. Dick Corp. offers a laser- 
etched, high-carbon, stainless-steel 
blade sporting an ergonomic, non-slip 
plastic handle with a wide thumb rest. 

For more information contact Friedr, 
Dick Corp.. attn: S. Belovm. Dcpi. BLII, 
33 Allen Blvd.. Farmingdale. NY 11735 

Patterson Meshes 
Titanium And Ivory 

Pat Patterson's Orion model is an ATS- 
34 locking-liner folder with an 
anodi/ed-titanium bolster, titanium 
liners and a mammoth-ivory handle. 

For more information contact Pat Patter- 
son, Dept. BLII. POB 246. Barksdale. TX 
78828(83(1 1 234-3586. 


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what's new 

Timberline Adds 
Blade Serrations 

The Butch V:d lotion-designed Discov- 
ery Lock from Timberline boasts 
partial blade serrations on a black. 
Teflon » -coated, chisel -ground AUS-K blade. 
For more information contact Timber- 
line, atm: J. Anthon. Dept. BLI I, POB 600, 
Getzvillc. NY 1 4tM>H (K00) LIV-S1IARP. 

Felix Pushes Push 
Dagger Envelope 

Through his use of oosic. da ma sc us and 
sterling silver, Alexander Felix 
pushes the envelope on a push dagger, 
[■'or more information contact Alexander 
Felix, Dept BLI I, POB 4036. Torrance, 


FOR SALE Custom made knives. Call for Iree 
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FREE & EASY Canadian knife enthusiasts & collectors 
looking (or top quality knives, swords sharpeners & 
accessories at below retail pricing. You must contact 
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Mail Order. 12 Elder Dr, Truro NS B2N 6H9. Fax 
902-897-9778. E-mail: flpkiiivescul'" flpknives.ns.ra 

GREEK RIVER knives will! sheaths, ivory micarta. 
buffalo horn. oak. Brochure SI. York Mountain 
Enterprises, RD #2 Box 272B. Dept. B, Pittsfield, PA 

KNIFE LIST; Usually 200+ old/ new/ discontinued 
items. SI (refundable) and large SASE tO; Knives. 
1426 S, 167th St., Omaha, NE 68130. 

KNIVES PLUS (TM], retail cutlery and cutlery 
accessories since 1987. excellent mail-order prices on 
most major brands. Spyderco, Gerber. Cold Steel. Eye 
Brand, Case, Buck, KA-BAR, Columbia River, Smith & 
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shipping on most orders placed by 12:00 CST. Visa. 
MasterCard, American Express and Discover 
accepted. Call (or free list 800-687-6202. 

LIST OF over 700 automatic antique and modern 
knives. Including Case Zippers, Ka-Bar. Gnnly. 
Presto, Flylock. Case. Remington, Latama, Italian pick 
locks and many more brands. Send $3.00 refundable 
with first order. Skellort Enterprise, Jerry Skeiton, 
3795 Hwy. 188. Alamo, TN 38001. 731-656-2443. 
Request list "S", 

SINCE 1943, Ivory, rough gems, metals, epoxies, 
abrasives, engraving tools and more. Mention Blade 
for your set of catalogs. Indian Jewelers Supply Co., 
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www, ijsinc.com 

SPYDERCO, BENCHMADE, Cold Steel * More. We 
sell 'em cheap. Largest selection, lowest prices, free 
catalog. Ruffs Knives Dept. BM. 20747 Wiygul Rd.. 
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TACTICAL KNIVES are our specialty We carry over 
40 different brand name knives Finer Points Cutlery 
VISA ano Mastercard accepted. http:// 

THROWING KNIFE catalog and mstruclion sheet sent 
Iree lor SASE to: Tru-Balance Knile Co.. PO Box 
1 40555. Grand Rapids, Ml 49514. 



FOR SALE- Custom folder collection 18 known 
makers- collected in 70's and 80's. Send SASE: C 
Hobos, Bo* 625, Seymour. TN 37865 or email: 
sascatG106iViaol.com or Call 865-577-2005 



AFRICAN BUCK wood, pink ivory, African Olive. 
Michael Tisdale, 25000 SW 207 Ave., Homestead, 
FL 33031. 305-248-0593. 

IRONWOOO BURL scales, blocks, folders, squares, 
cubes, logs online at http://www.1ronwoodbydon.c0m 
and other woods 520-625-5067. 



HEAT TREATING & deep sub-zero (minus 300 F> 
cryogenic quench, Rockwell testing & certificates 
available. Air quenchables steels only. Call toll-free 
888-461-8632 Texas Knifemakers Supply. 

OIL HARDENING/ zone and clay tempering- all steels. 
Lee Oates, PO Box 1391, LaPorte, TX. 77572-1391. 
For prices http://www.bearcfawknive5.com 281-587- 

SOG Expands Line 
Of Vision Folders 

Iew versions of the SOG Vision 
folders include those with G-10 or 
ZyteU handles, SOG's Arc-Lock 
and partially serrated ATS- 34 tanto blades. 

Tor more information contact SOG. attn: 
V. Karshna, Dept- BLI I, 6521 212th S(, SW. 
Lvnnvvood. WA 9H036 <8K8) 405-6433. 


RANDALL COLLECTORS; The Randall Knife Society 
now has over 2,000 members and was formed with 
the approval of Randall Made Knives, Orlando. Your 
dues buy: quarterly newsletter, classified ads, current 
news aboul Randalls and more. Send $20 ($25 
international) yearly dues to: The Randall Knife 
Society Inc.. PO Box 539, Roseland, FL 32957. 


BRAND NEW Baldot 1,5 HP variable speed motors 
complete with control cord and plug $525. Tru Grit 
Inc 909-923-4116. 

COOTE BELT Grinder information 360137-0366, 
cootei'ir olypen.com. See Blade magazine. May 2001 . 
page 62-63. 

FORGING PRESSES, 220V hydraulic, unlimited dies, 
delivery and shipping available. For information write: 
Tom Olson, PO Box 641. Kent. WA 98035. 

KNIFEMAKERS NOVICES lo experts, no need to 
spend hundreds of dollars on expensive belt grinders 
and belts when you can get an 8"x3" exact span 
rubber drum, change belts in minutes. Works on just 
about any bench grinder. Also Boker toplock 
conversion springs £4.50. These work as well as any 
belt grinder I've used. Start-up kit with 7 belts only 
$64.95. For more information call: RDR Knives 207- 

SHARKEY TtPPS. Tipp's Custom Knife Toolings. Hwy 
45 West, PO Box 218. Fairfield, IL 62387. Ph 618- 
847-3901. Fax: 618-847-7986, Check our new 
website http://www.s ha rkey tipps.com 

STAINLESS STEEL bar stock 1/8" to 1/4" ATS-34 
440-C BG-42 and 416. Also 3/32 ATS-34 Cold roll 
sheet. Tru-Grit Inc 800-532-3336. 


ENJOY MINIATURES? Miniature Knifemaker's Society 
invites you to join, all welcome. Contact: Terry 
Kranning, 1900 W. Quinn #153. Pocatello, ID 

FREE KNIFEMAKING lessons. Primal Forge. School 
of Knifemaking. Tim Lively unglugged http:// 


what's new 

Sevey Fixed Blade 
Sports Fossil Ivory 

John Sevey 's ATS-34 fixed blade 
stretches 7 1/4 inches overall and 
features a fossil -ivory grip. 
For more information contact John 
Sevey, Depi. BL 1 1, 94595 Chandler Rd.. 
Ciold Beach. OR 97444 ( 54 1 ) 247-2649. 

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Rutland Now Offers 
Dymondwood Slabs 

Iew to the Rutland Plywood line are 
53 stock colors of Dymondwood 
(as shown on a Buck 110 folder) 
for use as a knife handle material. 

For more information contact Rutland 
f'lyuood i nrp.. altn I Moll. Depl HI I I 
I Ripley Rd.. Rutland. VT 05701 (8001 


FOLDER SUPPLIES pivot pins, stainless and sold 
plated screws, titanium sheet. IBS Intl., R.B. 
Johnson. Box 11, Clearwater, MN 55320. 320-558- 
6128. http://www.c ustom knives .com rbjohnson 

FOSSIL IVORY, Oosik. fossil bone. Send $2 (or price 
list. April through October: Sox 350, Ester, Alaska 
99725. November through March: Roland Quimby, 
Box 3175-RB, Casa Grande. Arizona 85222. Roland 

FREE LIST: Fossil Walrus Ivory, Mammoth Ivory, 
Elephant Ivory, Hippo Ivory, Warthog Ivory, Ancient 
Bison Bone. Stellar Seacow, Dinosaur Bone, Mother 
Of Pearl. Moose Antler. Dall Sheep Horn, Musk Ox 
Horn, Fossil Whale Bone. Turtle Shell, Jade. Rose 
Quartz, Blizzard Rock. Much More! Anchorage 
Cutlery, 801 Airport Hts., Suite 351, Anchorage, 
Alaska 99508 PH: 907-230-1453. 


IVORY PRE -BAN African elephant sold in slate, tusk 
sections, and whole tusks. Warlher Museum, 
Sugarcreek, OH 330-852-3455. 

MANKEL'S 130# shop anvils. Natural gas or propane 
fired shop forges. Tongs and hammers. Good used trip 
hammers. Call for prices. Mankel 616-874-6955. 

QUITING BUSINESS Tilanium at cost. $15 per 
pound. Minimum SI 00. Jim 619-448-2799. 

STEEL TANG Stamps: Mark your knives with your 
name, logo or design. Quality hand-cut hardened steel 
stamps made to your specifications. "If it's worth 
making, it's worth marking." Established 1898. Henry 
A. Evers, Corp. 72 Oxford St.. Providence, Rt 02905. 

TEXAS KNIFEMAKERS Supply, large mail order 
catalog available. Call toll-free 888-461-8632. 

CUSTOM LEATHER knife sheaths in your design or 
mine. Write or call: Robert Schrap. 7024 W Wells 
St.. Wauwatosa. Wl 53213. 414-771-6472 


FINE FOLDERS deserve protection. Ron Lake and 
Mike Walker send their folders with one of Ihese soli 
goatskin, ultrasuede lined slips. Six sizes for pocket or 
belt, Arne Mason, 125 Wimer, Ashland. OR 97520. 
541-482-2260, fax 541-482-7785. 

www amemason.com 

Specialty Whips and Plaiting. Find us at: 
www.whipcrackers.com. Free brochure. 877-973- 
9447, e-mail whipswwavecom.net. 


KNIVES, SWORDS, watches, lighters, and more. 
Check out our web site at http;// 
wwwdiericksenterpnses.bigstep.com to order. Visa/ 
MC accepted. 

WEB SITE httpr//www. springhillco.com has hundreds 

of brand-name knives. Order online using secure 
shopping cart. Many different payment melhods. We 
offer layaways. 





CASE FOR sale: Tested, U. USA, 70s. 80s, also old 
sets. We handle most German knives, new knives in 
case. Puma, Schrade. Boker. Bulldog, etc. Business 
since 1950. Robert Werner Co., 209 4th St. SW, 
Cullman, AL 35055. 256-734-5291. 

CUSTOM SCRIMSHAW by Juan.ta Rae Conover. 
Single or full color. Wildlife a specialty. Exceptional 
qualify. Call for sample pictures and turn around 
information. PO Box 70442, Eugene. OR 97401. 
541-747-1726 or juanitaraecanoverr." yahoo.com 


NEED PHOTOS? Commercial, documentary & 
publication photography of knives and other fine 
collectibles. Digital and/or lilm Hawkinson 
Photography. PO Box 50191. Provo. UT 84605, 
801-361-2292. hrtpj/ 

www.hawkinson photography.com 

Striped Micarta Held 
On By Mosaic Pins 


I en Ogleuee's fixed blade combines a 
.4 1.2-inch AT.S-34 blade with a 
' striped- MicnrtfiH grip and mosaic pins. 
For more information contact Hen Oele- 

irce, Dept. BL1 1. 2815 Israel Rd.. Livingston, 

TX7735I (4091 327-8315. 









KNIFE CASES. Wood or glass, walnut, oak, cherry, 
Custom and standard sizes. Request 32 page catalog 
Woodland Cases. 57890 CR29. Goshen. IN 46528. 


FOR SALE: Antlers (deer, elk, moosel. buckskins, 
tanned furs. etc. Over 10,000 items, Complete 
internet catalog (pictures), http://www.hidearidfur.eom 

DULL SERRATIONS, no problem. Our round 
Tappcrea Diamond file, only 17 ppd. Hiltary 
Diamond. 7117 Third Ave., Scottsdale. AZ 85251. 

DULL SERRATIONS no problem our round tappered 
diamond file refinishes only S9 ppd. Hiltary, 7117 
Third Ave, Scottsdale, AZ 8525L 

FOR SALE: Guillotine handmade by Frank Carlisle, 
full size, fully operational, 16"X24" 301b blade 
(1095), awesome display, asking 57.500. For 
photos send your mailing address to: Frank Carlisle. 
5930 Hereford, Detroit, Ml 48224. 

fVORV, SCRIMSHAW, skulls! Legal: Scrimshaw. 
carvings, elephant, walrus, hippo, warthog, mammoth 
ivory, oosik, stellar sea cow fib bone, pearl shell, 
horn, netsuke. Eskimo artifacts, pistol grips, 
scrimshaw supplies, raw ivory for knifemakers & 
artists, old trade beads, etc. Informative, illustrated 
catalog mail- SI. http://www.DOonetradinB.cam or call 
800-423-19451 Boone Trading Company, Box 669 
tBD). Brinnon, WA 98320. 

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A.G. Russell Knives, Inc. ... 48. 68, 96 

Adam Unlimited 93 

Admiral Steel LP. 58 

ADW Custom Knives 92 

Agora Books 105 

AL Mar Knives 36 

Albion International Inc 25 

American Tomahawk Co 68 

Americana Ltd. 88 

Arizona Custom Knives . . , 32 

Atlanta Cutlery 88 


Bailiwick Enterprises 93 

Bayou LaFourche Knife Works .... Ill 

Beck's Cutlery & Specialities 110 

Bergland, Eric 86 

Best Knives 35 

Biggers, Gary 85 

Bison Blades 94 

Blade Art 95, 96 

Blade Show 8 

Blade Show West 67 

Blade-Tech Ind 19 

Bladegallery.com 51 

Blanchard's Fine Cutlery 93 

Blue Ridge Knives 58, 95 

Bob Dozier Knives 86 

Bodycote Diamond Black, Inc 19 

Bowie Corporation 53 

Briar Custom Knives 29 

Brigade Quartermaster 49 

Burke, Dan 83 


C.A.S. Iberia 132 

Camillus Cutlery Co. 21, 28 

Carson Blade Machine 110 

CFI 37 

Chavar Custom Knives 86 

Chesapeake Knife & Tool 16 

Chris Reeve Knives 18 

Cliff Parker Knives 83 

Coast Cutlery Co 51 

Coleman, Keith 85 

Collectibles Insurance Agency 54 

Columbia River 11, 121, 127 

Crawford, Pat ■ 89 

Crenshaw, Al Ill 

Custom Knife Company 61 

Cutlery Specialties 92 


Delarosa, James 61 

Delta Z Knives 27, 41 

Denton, J 83 

Dilluvio, Frank 89 

Elishewitz Custom Knives 

Ellis, David 

Emerson Knives 

Evers, Henry 

Excalibur Cutlery & Gifts . 
Eze-Lap Diamond Products 

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Factory X 43 

Fallkniven 33 

Finer Points 69 

Florida Knifemaker's Association. ... 54 

Fowler, Ed. ... .115 

Foxwood Forge. 93 

Franklin Mint. 
Frost Cutlery . 



G.L. Pearce Abrasive Co 87 

Gallery On Fifth 65 

Gary Levine Fine Knives Ill 

Gatco 14, 59 

Gerber Legendary Blades 31 

Grand Prairie Knives. 96 

Greco, John 79 

Grohmann Knives Ltd 129 

Gutmann Cutlery, Inc 3 


Halpern Titanium 91 

Harper Manufacturing 90 

Hockensmith, Dan 90 

Horsehead Creek Knives , 33 


Imperial Schrade Corp 9 


Jantz Supply 40 

Joy Enterprises 47 

Just Knives 32 


Kayne Custom Hardware Inc 92 

Kellam Knives Co 57 

Kencrest/Hara 79 

Kendrick Sean 95 

Kershaw Knives 7, 27, 71 

King Harvey 91 

Knife & Gun Finishing Supplies. .... 57 

Knife Art.com 86 

Knife Center Of The Internet 90 

Knife Outlet 84 

Knifeauctions.net 46 

Knifeware 34 

Knights Edge Ltd 29 

Knives Plus 115 

Koval Knives & Supplies 64 

Kris Cutlery 94 


Lansky Sharpeners 69 

Leather Crafters & Saddlers 57 

Lone Star Wholesale , . 87 

Lynn Knives 95 


Mantis Inc , 109 

Marble Arms Corp 109 

Marzitelli Custom Knives 84 

Masecraft Supply 88 

Master Cutlery 52 

Masters Of Defense Knife 17 

Matthews Cutlery 94 

Maxwell, Don 92 

McDonald, Rich . 89 

Meyerco 34 

Mission Knives & Tools 110 

Moore Cutlery 94 

Mother Of Pearl Company 125 

Muir & McDonald 64 

Museum & Replicas Limited 77 


National Knife Distributors. 94 

NC Tool Company 91 

NCAA. 77 

Nealy, Bud 84 


New York Custom Knife Show 63 

Newman, S.J 96 

Newsletter 83 

Nordic Knives 63 

0S0 Grande Knife & Tool. 


Paragon Industries 125 

Paragon Sporting Goods 73 

Plaza Cutlery . 92 

Pro Cut 5 

R.J. Handcrafted Knives . 

Ramey, Larry 

Randall Knife Society Inc. 
Randall Made Knives , . . 
Razor Edge Systems Inc. , 
Red Hill Corporation 

RFG Distributing 

Riverside Machine 


Sante Fe Stoneworks 53 

Schrap, Bob , 96 

Scotia Metalwork 87 

Seki-Cut 114 

Sentry Solutions Ltd 25 

Seto Cutlery 91 

Seto Knife 95 

Sheffield Knifemakers Supply Inc ... 87 

Shepherd Hills Walnut 2 

Smoky Mountain Knife Works Inc . . . 93 

Sog Specialty Knives Inc 73 

South Summit 71 

Syderco 52 

St. Amour. Murray 94 

Swordcane . 114 

Szilaski, Joseph 32 


Taylor Cutlery 

Texas Knifemakers Supply 

Thorindog Forge 

Tiger Sharp 

Tim O'Brien Digital Photograph 
Tippmann Industrial Products 
Titanium Distribution Service 
To The Hilt.com . . . 
Toledo Swords .... 

Tomway LLC 


Triple Aught Design. 


Tru-Hone Corporation 
Tulsa Gun Show Inc.. 
Twelve Bravo Marketing 


Ultra Speed Products 84 

United Cutlery 15 


Vagnino, Michael 92 


W.O.W. Distribution 86 

W.R. Case & Sons Cutlery Co 131 

White Lightning , 41 

William Henry Knives 5 

Willy B. Custom Sticks/Picks 91 

Wlknives.com 32 

888 Knives R Us 85 

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knifemaker showcase 

"Knifemaker Showcase" spotlights the photographs of knives sent by any and all custom knifemakers to BLADE*- for filing in the Knitemakers Archive. 

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700 E. State, tola, Wl 54990. Please include a close-up mug shot of yourself with your knife picture. 

J.D. Barth 

"I've always liked custom knives ;ind I attended my first knife show in 

1996," J.D. Barth says. "After a Four-wheeler accident in 1998 left me 

with a broken back. I decided it was time to do something new." In late 

1999, Barth embarked on a knifemaking career and currently works 

with ATS-34 and liigh-earbon-daniascus blade steels. Me varies handle 

materials to include stabilized hardwoods, mammoth ivory, giraffe 

bone and Micarla" I he Gentle- 
man's Hunter model (left) incorpo- 
rates a 3 I '4- inch ATS-34 blade 
hand nibbed to a 600-gril finish, a 
California-buckeye handle, dove- 
tailed holsters and a leather sheath. 
His list price: $275. His address: 
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MT 59820 1406) 722-4557 



"I am a 42-year-old farrier 

turned bladesmith. In 1985, the 

man who taught me to shoe 

horses had me forge a knife 

blade," Dan Hockensmith says. 

"I finished the knife by acid 

etching a mountain scene on it 

and adding a stag handle. I gave 

it to my dad, who has it on 

display. It's a good reminder of 

where 1 started." Although he 

enjoys meeting the public at 

knife shows, the ABS journeyman smith got his fill of traveling in the military and 

sells most of his knives through the mail and internet. "I've shipped knives to 36 

slates and seven countries." he says. The bowie (above) sports a bark-mammoth- 

ivurv and hloodwond handle, silver pins, damaseus fittings and a 7 I 2-inch 

mosaic-damascus blade with a tool-steel edge and spine. His list price for a similar 

piece: S 1 300. I lis address: Dept. BL1 1, POB E. Drake. CO 80515 (970) 669-5404. 

Murray St. 


\lv seasonal employ inenl w nh 
the Ministry of Natural Resources 
requires a blade thai can withstand 
rough and constant use," knife- 
maker Murray St. Amour notes. 
"My search for a good working knife led mc into knife 
collecting and eventually developing my own style of 
kni lemaking." A founding member of The Canadian 
Knifemakers Guild. St, Amour says he uses a basic 
grinder, drill press and handsaw to ensure each piece is 
handmade and hand fit and finished. He makes 
bowies, tactical pieces, hunters and fillet knives. The 
drop-point hunter (right) features an ATS-34 blade, a 
sambar-siag handle and nickel-silver fittings. His list 
price: $250, His address: Dept. BL1 I, R.R. 3. 
Pembroke. Ontario. Canada KKA 6W4 (613) 735- 
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An a pp rem ice to Michael J. 
Smith, Bob Doggelt started 
making knives in 199'J "I 
reel fortunate to have made 
greal friends like Michael 
[Smith], Steve Johnson and 
Rieardo Velarde who do 
everything they can to help me 
improve my skills," Doggetl says 
"1 spent one weekend in Steve's 
shop and probably gained III wars 
of knowledge," Doggett designs 
Web sites and is co-owner of the 
Custom Knife Directory. "We arc 
bunding an immense on-line knife- 
maker tutorial heavy on pictures," 
he says. The fixed blade (right) relies on a 4 5 K-ineh ATS-34 
blade, 416 stainless steel holsters and a choice of handles. 
Depending on handle material, Doggetl's lisl price begins al 
1175. His address: Dept. HLI1. 1310 Vincirce Dr.. Brandon. FL 
335 1 tl (Hl3( (t54- 507 5 , dogntan@tampabay.rr.com, 

A.T. Barr 

AT. Barr made and sold his first knife in l')7 u . A member of The Knife- 
makers' Guild, he claims to put as many hours into each knife as necessary 
in satisfy his customers, " \ll my blades start out as (>-fooi pieces of steel, 
and the titanium spacers find bolsters begin in l-fool sections." he says. 
"Using the stock-removal method. I Hal grind the major- 
ity ol rny blades." Harr uses ATS-34. B(;^42.440-C\ D-2, 
A-2, 0-1 and damascus blade steels the locking-liner 
kiklei i below i showcases a 2 15 1 6-inch, drop-point, BG- 
42 blade, titanium holsters, liners 
and spacer, and a maroon-lmen- 
Miearta" handle. I lis lisl price: 
53511 His address: Depl. 111. II. 
FOB *2K. Nicholasville. KY 
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Jim Hamonko 

"Being as how I enjoy hunting and fishing, I have always had 
an interest in knives as lools." kmfemaker Jim Hamonko 
relates "I've collected knives for many years, and several 
years ago I decided to try my hand at making them." Hamonko read anything lie could 
find on knifemaking and watched an- instructional video by Bob Loveless on the 
subject "I make folders and hunting knives am! enjoy using \ I S-34 and D-2 blade 
Steels,'" he says "Dandle materials vary from stainless to many types of natural woods 
and Dymondwoods to make each knife different from the Others.*' llamonko's list 
prices for stainless steel folders such as the single-blade slip joint with "Eagle (iroup 
i Ota Costs" stamped on the handle (above) begin at S45 For straight knives like the 
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blade advocacy 

How To Work With 
Lawmakers On Knife Laws 

The more professional and organized your approach, the 
more likely you are to succeed 

By Mike Haskew 

While few would doubt that I here's 
greater Strength in numbers, any 
effort 10 influence events begins 
with you, Working to keep knife laws lair and 
equitable while raising an informed voice on 
future legislation is no different. As a 
concerned knife enthusiast, you can make a 
difference. Effective participation in the legal 
process, however, is maximized when individ- 
uals come together. 

"The best bet is for [you] to contact |your| 
state representative and bring an idea forth to 
[the representative]." explained attorney Chris 
Mieheli. a knife industry lobbyist in Sacra- 
mento, California. "But. at the same lime, 
hand together with like-minded individuals 
because the group is more powerful than the 
single voice." 

"Every step along the 
way, a law is tougher to 

stop." — Judge Lowell 

A personal relationship with a hometown 
legislator or representative can be an advan- 
tage. If you have such a relationship with one 
of your elected officials, try to contact him/her 
directly, continued Mieheli. "Otherwise, talk 
to the [official's | legislative director or chief 
of staff and present your idea to them." he 
counseled. "Certainly, have something in writ- 
ing because legislators ami their staffs particu- 
larly ask for things in writing as a reminder. It 
also provides something in detail about your 

Mieheli says that letters to the editor and 
othei i> pes of media exposure are valuable, 
but thai petitions probably are generally 
ignored by legislators. Personal letters are 
more likely to attract attention than form 
letters bearing a signature simply because the 
perception is that more time and. apparently. 

108 /BLADE 

Demonstrating to elected officials that knives and knitemaking are a positive thing can 
only help in any effort to correct misconceptions concerning blades. ABS master smith 
Jerry Fisk (left) watches as Arkansas state senator Jim Hill delivers a few hammer blows 
during a forging exhibition in the shadow of the Arkansas capitol building in 1999. Fisk 
and Hill played key roles in organizing the event. (Hughes photo) 

more depth of feeling are involved in the 
writing of an original letter. E-mail is an 
avenue of approach that evokes varied opin- 
ions. It allows for quick action, but the recep- 
tion it gets at the other end remains 

When To Act 

Judge Lowell Bray, on the bench of Honda's 
Sixth Circuit, a knifemaker and a HI. \l)£* 
field editor, has long been interested in knives. 
hi commenting on how the legal sv stem 
works. Judge Bray noted. "A proposed knife 


law may sometimes die in committee, but if 
il tines sumve it will go on in one house or 
another of a state's legislature. IE very step 
along the way. a law is tougher to stop. In 
the beginning, il ma) mean hinitis; I.) 
persuade only one person. Later, it involves a 
committee Then, if legislation is in one of 
the houses, you would have to convince half 
of that house. After a bill passes the legisla- 
ture, then the governor would have to be 
persuaded not to sign it. That would proba- 
bly take a lot of explaining directly to the 
governor, because tie would have u> explain 
his actions directly to the voters." 

"The worst thing 

would be to come in 

and attack a piece of 

knife legislation at the 

last minute." — Chris 


Indeed, the earlier in the process that a 
piece of anti-knife legislation is being 
proposed, the better I he chance of eliminat- 
ing or favorably modifying it. "The worst 
thing would be lo come in and attack a piece 
of knife legislation at the last minute." 
remarked Micheli. "Thai's one reason why 
AK II [the American Knife & Tool Institute] 
is working proaetively with legislative stalfs 
and law enforcement, keeping its eyes and 
ears to [he ground, so it knows v. hen [a new 
piece of legislation is in the beginning 

"That's been horn out in out t alilbrnia 
switchblade efforts. We got notice from a 
district attorney's office that they were 
contemplating amendments 10 the statute 

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• Band together with like-minded indi- 
viduals because the group is more power- 
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•Try lo contact the lawmaker directly: 
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legislative director or chief of staff; 

•Present your proposals in writing; 

•For the most part, petitions are gener- 
ally ignored by legislators. Personal letters 
are more likely to attract attention; 

• E-mail allows for quick action, but 
the reception it gets at the other end 
remains questionable: 

•The earlier in the process that a piece 
of anti-knife legislation is being proposed, 
the better the chance of eliminating or 
favorably modifying it; 

•Be non-confrontational, respectful, 
and know what you 're talking uhtmt: and; 

•Stay current on knife laws and take 
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"Our standard of 
conduct must be 

higher than that of 
mothers advocating the 

use of baby seats in 
cars," — David Kowalski 

With the availability of ihe internet, it's 
easier than ever for the individual to keep 
up-to-date on knife legislation, bui this still 
falls short of the effectiveness of an orga- 
nized effort. That's where AKTI enters the 
picture. Founded nearly four years ago, 
AKTI promotes four goals; 

•To provide a unified voice representing 
the kmfcmaking and knife-using community: 

•To promote the general public's aware- 
ness of ihe history and utility of knives as 

•To encourage sensible knife legislation 
and responsible knife laws: and: 

•To educate young people about proper 
knife safety and the responsible use of 

"I think it's a real challenge for the indi- 
vidual to influence knife laws," related Dave 
Kowalski. AKTI communications coordina- 
tor. "We've been struggling with this as an 
Industry, and part of the problem with it is 
that [the industry as a whole hasn't] dealt 
with [knife laws] collectively in the past. As 
opposed to thinking you can change the law 
by yourself. I would suggest joining a local 
and or slate knife club, and ihen the Ameri- 
can Knife & Tool Institute." 

AKTI maintains a vigilant watch on 
legislation affecting knife manufacturing and 
knife ownership. "We subscribe 10 a national 
service called StatcNet." said Kowalski. "[ii 
monitors] legislative activity in the 50 states 
by subject area. So, AKTI has a contract 
with (StateNctJ to monitor anything thai has 
to do with knives or weapons in all 50 stales. 
All of us who arc AKTI members have 
access to it, and it's on the AKTI Web site. 
People individually may hear stories, rumors 
or inaccurate thirdhand accounts. So. righi 
now. this is the only way I know of to efTec- 
lively monitor ihis stuff" 

Candidly, Kowalski admits that there arc 
few examples of what actually docs work 
well in the advocacy of reasonable knife 
legislation. "When we became aware of an 



attempt 10 remove the exemption of one- 
hand knives from the switchblade law in 
California, the position of AKT1 was to meet 
with [the officials wanting to remove the 
exemption] and present our ease rationally,'" 
he said. "We didn't go in there as a group of 
wild-eyed radicals. A lot of representatives 
may see someone who's trying to defend 
knife ownership as making hasty judgments. 
[Such representatives] may have a bias 
against certain kinds of knives or knife 
owners. So, our standard of conduct must be 
higher than that of mothers advocating the 
use of baby seats in cars. We have said 
publicly that we want to work with law 
enforcement ami present rational reasons for 
our positions." 

Adusl \ "in Attitude 

Attitude certainly is critical. "[Being in an] 
agitated [state] never works," acknowledged 
Michel i. "I think the best approach is always 
respectful and. the greater the expertise that's 
brought to it. the better off you arc. If you're 
recognized in your field, for example, then 
you're more persuasive than some 
[unknown] commenting on an odd topic. It 
lends credibility." 

"The greater the 

expertise that's 

brought to it, the better 

off you are." — Chris 


With all the discussion about knife laws, 
there are still those who argue that the best 
knife law- is no knife law. However, Micheli 
cautions that such an argument is unrealistic. 
"Generally, we're an orderly and civilized 
society wherein wc create rules and provide 
penalties for violating them. That's what an 
organized and civilized society ■does." he 
ohserved. "We have an imperfect system, 
but we must have some regulation of things 
that can be used as deadly weapons. We 
should punish those who act badly and [we 
should] protect the legitimate user hut the 
reality is that sometimes those who act badly 
create problems for the rest of us law-abid- 
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One of the most constructive things you 
can do as a knife advocate is to stay current 
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1121)54 (508) 37(>-K|f,2; W.I). Pease. Dept BLI !. 
Rl 2. Bon 3KAA. Luiiig, KY 41039 (606) 845- 
0387: Steve Rapp, Dept. BLI I. 7479 S. Rama- 
nee. Mkhalc. UT 84047 (801 1 567-9553: Red St. 
Cj r. Dept BLI 1 . 1218 V. ( ary. Wilmington, I A 

Bob Ri//cll. Depi. BLI!. 145 Missoula Ave.. 
Buiie. MT 59701 (406) 782-4403; Steve Dunn. 
Dept. BLI I. 376 BiggersialT Rd.. Smiths Grove, 
KY 42171 (270) 563-9830; Bob Eggerling. Dept. 
Bill, 29 Oak Rd.. Mertztoisn. PA 19539 1610) 
682-6836; Darsl Meier, Depi HI II. 75 Forge 
Rd.. Carbondale. IL 62901 (618) 549-3234; Jerry 
Rados. Depi BLI I. "523 I 5(8)0 N Rd.. Grant 
Park. IL 60940 (KI5) 472-3350: Devin Thomas. 
Depi. BLI I, 90 N. 5lh St.. Panaca, NV 89042 
(775) 728-4363; Art Washburn, Dept BLI 1. Ml 
Hiuman St.. Pioche. NV 89043 1 775) 962-5463 

Benchmade. aim: T. Noteboom, Dept. BLII, 3(8) 
Beavercreek Rd.. Oregon tin. OR 97045 (503) 
655-6004; Boker USA. attn: C. Hoffman. Dept 
BLII. 1550 Balsam St.. Lakewood, CO 80215 
(800) 992-6537; Bo«ic Corp.. alln D, Shirley. 
Dept. BL 1 1. 3518 Apple Valley Rd„ Okemos. Ml 
48864 (517) 347-2547; Busve Combat Knife 
Co., attn: J. Busse. Dept. BLI I, 1 1651-12. 
Wasseon. OH 43567 (419) 923-6471; C.A.S. 
Iberia, aim. U. Ross. Depi. BLI I. 650 Industrial 
Blvd.. Sale Creek, TN 37373 (800) 635-9366; 
Camillus Cullers Co.. attn V. Feiinell, Depi. 
!tl I I. <4 Mam Si . ( .i.mllus. \Y 13(131 (315) 
672-81 1 I; Columbia Riser Knife & Tool, aim: 
P. Gillespie. Depi. UL 1 1. 9720 S.W Hillman ft.. 
Sle. 805, Wilsonvillc. OR 97070 (503) 685-5015: 
Knifcsvarc. attn: K. Warner. Depi. BLI 1. K IB 
Greenville. \s V 24945 (304 1 X32-6S'S. limber- 
line, atin: J. Anthon, Dept. BLII, POB 600. 
Gcttville, NY 14068(716)877-2200 

Adam t nlimited. atin: A. Dresclicr. Depi. BLI I. 
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november 2001 

. ., + .. talk 

knife talk 


The author explains the distinction between 
the two and the methods he employs for each 

By Ed Fowler 

IBS master smith 

There seems to be some eon fu- 
sion concerning the distinction 
between differential hardening 
and differential tempering. 
First I'll define terms, then I'll 
discuss my opinion concerning 
the merits of the two methods of developing 
a blade of variable hardness. Author's note; 
The following discussion applies only to 
5160 and 52100 steels. Other steels may 
respond differently. 


The ihrec main terms to define are temper- 
ing, differential tempering and differential 

1) Tempering A Blade: This procedure 
consists of heating a hardened blade to the 
desired temperature in order lo make it more 
resilient to stress; 

2) Differential Tempering: Starting with 
a blade that has been fully hardened, the 
bladesmith heats the spine, or back, of the 
blade to make it softer than the cutting edge, 
The object is to provide greater toughness to 
the blade: and: 

3) Differential Hardening: In this proce- 
dure, only a part of the blade is hardened, 
then the entire blade is usually tempered. 


Differential Tempering 

One method of differential tempering is to 
heat the spine of the folly hardened blade 
with a torch until the spine turns blue, care- 
fully allowing a light straw color to run 
down to the edge, occasionally dipping the 
edge in water in preserve most of the edge's 

"The object of differ- 
ential tempering is to 
provide greater tough- 
ness to the blade." 

— the author 

Later, I learned to place the blade edge 
down into a pan of water and heat the spine 
while keeping the edge eool. Uoth methods 
worked fairly well but they didn't absolutely 
guarantee consistent results— at least the 
way I was doing it in my shop. I was unable 
to fine tune the method to the degree of reli- 
ability that 1 sought. Despite being cooled in 
water, some edges became loo soft and 
didn't cut as well as they should have: 

others remained too hard and cracked or 
chipped when the blade was Hexed. I also 
experienced some problems with tangs 
remaining too brittle for absolute depend- 

One means of obtaining greater consis- 
tency is to fully temper the entire blade 
either before or after the differential temper- 
ing by placing it in an oven for several hours 
at the appropriate temperature. Again, my 
testing of these blades didn't reveal consis- 
tent, uniform results. However, multiple 
tempering cycles did improve performance, 
allowing the blade to cool to room tempera- 
ture between tempering cycles. 

Differential Hardening 

Again, differential hardening is where only 
a portion of the blade is hardened. The way 
I do it is using an o.xy-aceiylcnc torch to 
directly heat only the portion of the blade 
that I wish to harden to critical temperature, 
(The critical temperature is the temperature 
where steels become non-magnetic and will 
harden when quenched. 1 use Texaco Type 
"A" quenching oil or a well-qualified equiv- 
alent pre-heated lo 165" F before quenching 
the blade.) By using this method. Ihc spine 
atul Lin.:' o! ihc blade are never heated in 
critical temperature and won't harden when 

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"By etching all the blades 

I make, I receive immediate 

and obvious feedback as 

to the quality of my 

heat-treating methods." 

— the author 

The author said the results of 
differential hardening are very 
specific and dependable at 
providing uniform temper lines, 
and enable him to specify the 
aspects of the blade that will be 
hardened. The temper tine here is 
easily discernible, with the hard 
area below it and the soft area 
above it. This particular Fowler 
blade is 52100. 

quenched in oil. To ensure thai the spine 
remains soft, only the pan of the blade to be 
hardened is submerged in oil until the entire 
blade has cooled till it turns black. I then 
submerge the entire blade in the oil and 
allow it to cool to room temperature. 

The results of this method are very 
specific and dependable at providing 
uniform temper lines, and enable me to 
specify the aspects of the blade that will be 

hardening, the entire 
blade is tempered 
three times, allowing 
it to soak at the 
required temperature 
for two hours, then 
cool slowly to room 
temperature. Next, I 
cool the blades to 
27° F or less for at 
least 20 hours 
between tempering 

cycles. This temper- ^ ~ ~ 
ing stage primarily affects only the hardened 
portion of the blade, as the rest of the blade 
was never hardened. Nothing is left to 

"The soft portion is 
easily identified, as is 

the transition zone 

between the hard and 

soft areas of the blade." 

— the author 

114 /BLADE 

chance or guesswork; the hardened areas arc 
completely under my control, as surely as 
my hammer directs the shape of the blade. 

The Desired Results 

There are several ways a bladesmith can 
verify that the tempering operation has 
achieved the desired results. He can, for 
instance, run multiple Rockwell tests over the 
entire surface of the blade. Such tests are 
^^^— lime consuming and 

tedious, and result in 
a large number of 
small dents in the 
blade that have to be 
ground out. 

To positively 
guarantee that every- 
thing has gone as 
planned, I etch the 
blades in a solution 
of one part ferric 
chloride to two parts 
■ water to reveal the 

true nature of the steel. The soft portion is 
easily identified, as is the transition /one 
between the hard and soft areas of the blade. 


By etching all [he blades I make, 1 receive 
immediate and obvious feedback as to the 
quality Of my heat-treating methods. There 
can be no secrets when the etching is done 
honestly by the bladesmiih for the benefit of 
developing his own abilities and to reveal all 
there is to see Tor the client. The predictabil- 
ity of performance derived from the nature of 
the pattern must be verified by reference test- 
ing the blade's ability to Ilex and cut. Learn- 
ing is most effective when you see what you 
think happened and then compare the blade's 
performance to a reliable reference blade. 

When attempting to read the message 
told by the etched blade, yoit must take into 
account the nature of the steel, for the pattern 
revealed in a 5 1 60 blade will differ from the 
pattern in a 52100 blade, as wilt the pattern 
revealed in different lots of the same type of 
steel. The bladesmith is well advised to 
engage the services of a metallurgical labora- 
tory to verify what he thinks the pattern 
reveals. While it may seem expensive at the 
time, if high-performance blades are your 
passion, the knowledge gained or verified as 
the case may be is well worth the expense. 

"To ensure that the 

spine remains soft, 

only the part of the 

blade to be hardened 

is submerged in oil. 1 

— the author 


I've never been able to achieve an 
etched blade that reveals a consistent, 
uniform transition between hard and soft 
zones by attempting to harden the whole 
blade and differentially temper only the 

Rockwell tests and photomicrographs of 
my blades conducted by metallurgist Re.\ 
Walter have proved to be consistent with the 
visible evidence provided by etching the 
blades. While etching doesn't immediately 
reveal exact Rockwell predictions, compara- 
tive evaluation of the effects of the differen- 
tial hardening method is obvious. The 
patterns revealed by etching the blade tend 
to parallel and confirm the results predicted 
by destructive testing in my shop. It works. 
The bladesmiih can evaluate the appropriate 
level of hardness by testing the cutting edge 
for toughness and cutting ability in his shop. 

I've developed my methods carefully 
over the past 1 5 years. There are many other 
methods used by bladesmiths to harden and 
temper their blades. Some use clay to absorb 
heat, others use sail baths. The most critical 
aspects of a bladesmith's methods are his 
absolute dedication to the testing of his 
blades, and quality control to assure consis- 
tent results and high performance. 

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BLADE show 

More blades, 

knife exhibitors and cutlery consumers 

were just a few of the "ups" at the 

2001 BLADE Show 

By Steve Shackleford 

What was up at the 20th 
Annual BLADE Show 
& International Cutlery 
Fair at the Cohh Galle- 
ria Centre in Marietta, 
Georgia, this past June? 
Almost everything. Among I he "ups" were: 

■Crowd numbers - a 1 5 percent increase in 
show attendees, including many new laces: 

•Numbers of display tables (572) and 
factory booths (94): 

•The quality, selection and numbers of 
knives; and: 

•for many exhibitors, sales in general. 
But perhaps the most important "up" was 
the corners of the mouths of most 
of the people attending and 
exhibiting at I he show, as in big 
smiles — which translates into 
people having a baek-slapping 
good lime with iheir favorite 
knives and knifemakers. And. in 
the final analysis, isn't lhat the most 
telling barometer of any successful 
knife show? 

"I thought it was the finest knife 
show I've ever attended, absolutely. 
It was bigger and better," A.G. 
Russell observed. "Everybody was 
having a good time. Everybody was 
doing business and. of course. [A.G. 
Russell Knives] did a lot of business 
l( was jusl a fabulous show alio 

Tim Faust of Schrade and Will Fennell of 
Camillus both said their booths experienced 

118/ BLADE 

increases in traffic over last year's 
HI \l)l Show 

"I thought there were a lot more 
people there," kiust assessed. "We were 
constantly talking to people in ihe 

"Every year the show's bigger and 
belter." fennell agreed. "We're seeing 
more and more new faces." 

On the handmade side, a number 
of makers sold out and sold out 
early. Joe Flournoy brought eight 
knives and all of them were snatched 
up in a buyer feeding frenzy by 

Bill Moran does the honors as Hanford 
Miller holds ihe rope during the former's 
annual ABS cutting demonstration. 


blur as Eddie Floyd (left) 

of Swordplay Alliance and SCA legend 

Hank Reinhardt mix it up during the Classical 

Swordplay demonstration. (This flurry was 

simply to show the audience some of the 

basics. When actual swordplay commenced. 

all of the participants wore protective head 


9:30 a.m. the first day. "I sold out in about half- 
an-hour." noted Richard Rogers, who brought 
13 knives for sale, "Most of the other slip-joint 
makers I talked to sold out real quick, too 
Dan Burke. Tony Bosc, Joel Chamblin and 

Knifemaker Bailey Brads haw may have 
summed up the 200 1 show best. 

"The BLADE Show has always been 
where the best things have happened in my 
career." he noted. "[The BLADE Show] 
always has lhat 'neat flavor' for me." 


I he "neat flavor" of I his year's show 
included [he Blade Magazine 2001 Knives Of 
The Year, [he American Bladcsmith Soci- 
ety's annual awards and the induction of Boh 
Schrimshcr into the Blade Magazine C'utiery 
Hall Of Fame (lor more on all three, see the 
special stories litis issue on pages 12, 30 and 
M>. respectively). There was also the show's 
exhaustive slate of seminars, including such 
new ones as Cutting Tests You Can Do At 
Home; How To Work With Knifemakers On 
Knife Laws; Tomahawks. Patriot Style; The 
Current State Of Stag; and I low To Polish A 
Japanese Sword, 

Mcanw hile. [here were sueh tried-and-lrue 
insiruetionuls as How To Forge Knives; How 
To Throw Knives & Tomahawks; How To 
Sharpen Knives; Japanese Swordsmanship; 
Knife Function, What Works & Why; James 
Bowie; The Man. The Myth; Ask Pete Hamil- 
ton About Randall Knives: Classic Swords- 
manship; Handmade Knife Trends: High-End, 
Tactical & Beyond; the ABS Cutting IX-mon- 
siration; How To Engrave; and How To Make 
A Sheath. Seminar speakers instructors ran the 
gamut, including Blade Magazine Cutlery 
llali-Of-Famer Bill Moran; Wayne 
Coddard: Hank Reinhardt:. Jerry I'isk; Pete 
Hamilton: Id Fowler; .lames Williams and 
Tony Alvarez of Bugei Trading Co.; Bobby 
Branlon: Mike Williams; Joe Szilaski; J.R. 
Fdmundson; Marjorie Hanman; Rick 
Chopra; Najjar Hassonjee; Jaj i lend rick- 
son; Ken Mankel: Ted Ten old; F.ddic 
Floyd; Bob Veal; I.es Robertson: Jerry 
Schroeder; Billy Bates; Sherry Lott; and 
John Bailey. 

Handmade & Handsome 

On the handmade side, the BLADE Show 
custom knife award competition involved a 
whopping I K? pieces (these were simply the 
knives entered in the judging room; there were 
many more knives in the show proper). The 
winners were: Best Fantasy- Mardi Meshe- 
jian: Best Utility Hunter Richard Rogers: 
Most Innovative -PJ. Tomes; Best Fighter 
Joe Flournoy: Best Handmade Art Raj 
Rjltar; ties! Folder Richard Rogers; Best 
Collaboration — Tim Hancock and Zaza 
Revishvili; Best Miniature Folder — Boyd 
Asliworth: Best Miniature Fixed Blade — 
Jerry Van Eizenga; Ikst Overall Miniature 
Jerry Van Eizenga; Best New Maker Patrick 
Nihiser: Best Fixed Blade — Steve Rapp; Best 
Damascus Design — Josh Smith: He si I landle 
Design — Joe Szilaski; Best Handforged 
Knife — Bailey Bradshaw: and the Hugh 
Ban rug Best In Show — Richard Rogers. 

Rogers was the big winner once again, 
taking Ihree awards Besl Folder and Rest 
U til it) 1 Hunter, with the t a iter taking the Hugh 
Banrug Best In Show. Richard also won three 
awards at last year's show, including the Hugh 
Banrug Besl In Show. Van Eizenga also did 
well, copping Best Miniature Fixed Blade and 
Best Overall Miniature for his diminutive rcpro 
of a William Scagel hatchet -camp- knife set. 

On the giveaway-knife front, the show 
offered the "Win-A-Blude" game lo patrons 
who visited designated boodts and lables. had 

Travis Noteboom 
(left) explains 
features of the latest 
Benchmade knives to 
two interested show 
patrons at the Bench- 
made booth. 

Tony Alvarez of Bugei 
Trading Co. severs a 
rolled-up straw mat— 
or tameshigeri— 
during the Japanese 
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BLADE show 

Best Miniature Folder— Boyd Ashworth's Thomas C, Turtle." 
Blade Steel— O-l. Blade Pattern— Spear Point. Handle— Abalone, 
Lock— Locking liner. Liners— 15N20. Miscellaneous— Mirror 
polish throughout, disassembles. Closed Length— 1 7/8". Maker's 
List Price To Make A Similar Piece— $400. (PointSeven photo) 

Hugh Bartrug Best In Show/Best Utility Hunter— Interchangeable 
blade set by Richard Rogers. Blade Steel— ATS-34. Handle— 
Quilted mother-of-pearl. Special Features— Whamctiffe. clip, 
small spear point, utility, spey, targe spear point and sheep foot 
blades store in a leather, blue-velvet-lined case. Maker's List 
Price To Make A Similar Piece: $2,000. (PointSeven photo) 

Best Collaboration— Maximus by Tim Hancock 

andZaza Revishvili. Blade— Accordion ladder- 
pattern damascus of 15N20 and 10S4. Handle- 
Silver wire filigree w/25 almondine garnets. 
Hilt— Nickel silver. Overall Length: 26 1/2". 
Maker's List Price— $5,800 (excludes scabbard). 
(PointSeven photo) 

Best Fixed Blade— Steve 
Rapp's Washington Bowie 
repro. Blade Steel— 3/8" 440C. 
Handle — Mother-of-pearl Overall 
Length— 21 1/2". Guards Pommel— 7 
1/2 ozs. of sterling silver. Miscella- 
neous — Bust of Washington carved by 
Buster Warenski; etched blade scenes 
of ML Vernon, Martha and George Wash- 
ington and Native Americans by 
Francine Martin. Maker's List Price — 
$7,000. (PointSeven photo) 

120/ BLAOE 



Fantasy— Mardi 
Meshejian carved-blade 
sword. Blade Steel— 1095 
and 4130 damascus. Blade 
Shape— Persian design. Handle 
Fossil walrus ivory; pin covered In 18c- 
diamond pave. Hilt— Sterling silver. Special 
Features— Blade handcarved w/carbide burr; 
26 piercings in alt; heat treat by Howard 
Clark; comes w/maple burl display. Maker's 
List Price: S6.000. (PointSeven photo) 

Best Overall Miniature/Best Miniature Fixed Blade— 
Jerry Van Eizenga's William Scaget Hatchet-Camp 
Knife Set. Blade Steel— 5160. Handle Material- 
Brass, combination of spacers, stacked leather 
washers and tiny whitetail crown from a 3-inch 
spike. Overall Lengths: 5 3/8" and 5". Miscel- 
laneous — Bird's-eye maple display box 
w/gold trim, brass hardware and camp scene 
inside lid. Maker's List Price: 51,850. (PointSeven 


Best Fighter — Joe Flour noy 
bowie/fighter. Blade Steel— differen- 
tially heat-treated 1084, 58-60 RC on 
edge, soft back. Blade Shape— Clip 
point. Handle — Stag, Special Features— 
416 stainless trim, bolts and buttcap. 
Overall Length— 12 inches. Maker's List 
Price To Make A Similar Piece— $800. 
(PointSeven photo) 

Best Handmade Art — Ray 
Rybar's Bible Story Blade. Blade 
Steel— Mosaic of 1018, 1095 and 
nickel 200; the edge is 1 1,000 
layers of 0-1 and nickel 200. 
Handle— Black-banded jesse 
stone. Miscellaneous — Mosaic 
guard features scene of a blade- 
smith hammering on one end 
and man in prayer on other, all in 
relation to the Bible verses on 
the blade. Overall Length— 15". 
Maker's List Price— nfa. (Point- 
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Best Damascus Design — The Josh 
Knife by Josh Smith. Blade 
Steel— Mosaic of 1084. 1SN20, 
pure nickel and 1080, w/maker's 
name and spider web and twisted 
radial "W" designs throughout. 
Handle— Fossil walrus Ivory. 
Guard— Fileworked 1084 and 
15N20 in twisted radial "W's. " 
Miscellaneous— Vine filework. 
Maker's List Price— SI, 500. 
(PointSeven photo) 

Best Handforged Knife— Bailey Bradshaw 
art dagger. Blade Steel— Three-bar compos- 
ite of 1084 and nickel. 58 RC. Handle- 
Fossil walrus ivory w/twisted gold wire 
inlay. Overall Length: 15 1/4". Special 
Features — Sculpted damascus guard and 
finiats w/24k gold and 18k green gold 
inlays. Sheath— Damascus w/24k gold and 
18k green gold inlays. Maker's List Price To 
Make A Similar Piece— $3,800. (PointSeven 


122 /BLADE 

Best New Maker— Patrick 
Nihiser for his JP-1 folder. 
. Blade Steel — John Etzler 
damascus. Thumb Stud — 
14k gold w/diamond inlay. 
5^ Bolster — Etzler mosaic 
damascus. Handle— 
Mother-of'pearl. Lock — 
Locking liner. 
L iners — Titan ium 
anodized blue and gold, 
jeweled and vine file- 
worked. Miscella- 
neous — Gold-pta ted 
screws throughout, 
damascus back 
spacer w/mother- 
of-pearl inlays. 
Maker's List Price 
To Make A Similar 
Piece — S800. 

Most Innovative— P.J. 
Tomes two-blade folder. 
Blade Steel— n/a. Blade 
Patterns — Clip w/long nail 
nick and coping. Handle — 
Stag. (PointSeven photo) 

Best Folder — Eight- 
blade barrel knife by 
Richard Rogers. Blade 
Steel— ATS-34. 60RC. 
Handle— Elephan t 
ivory. Closed Length — 
3 1/4". Lock— Slip 
joint. Liners — 410 
stainless. Miscella- 
neous — Four each of 
two blade shapes, 
wharncliffe and pen, 
each alternating with 
the other on both ends 
ot the knife. Maker's 
List Price To Make A 
Similar Piece— $2,000. 
(PointSeven photo) 


Blade Magazine 2001 
Knives Of The Year* 

1 1 M.O.D. CQD Mark V AT AC 

American Made- Kershaw Black 

Imported Columbia River Blade- 

Most Innovative American Design — 

TiNives BayoKnife 

Innovative Imported Design — 

Tigersharp Neon 
Best Buy Camillus ArcLite 
Investor Collector William Henry 

Knives Mardi Gras 
Manufacturing Quality Chris Reeve 

Accessor)' Sentry Solutions Knife 

Care Kit 
Collaboration — Schrade Van Barnetl 
Publisher's - Columbia River 
Industry Achievement Paul Basch 

*For the complete story on the Knives 
Of The Year, seepage 12. 

their "Win-A-B!ade" cards punched at each, 
and dropped them in a box for drawings made 
throughout the weekend. The companies and 
makers donating knives for the giveaway were: 
CFI, Gerber, Kershaw, Adam Unlimited, 
Chris Bowles, Geno Denning, John Fraps, 
Jeff Hall, Ray Kirk, Kopromed USA, Mike 
Irie, Murraj Si. Amour mid Michael 

It Had 'Em All! 

If you were looking for the latest in knives and 
debuts of new models, the BLADE Show had 
them all. lt*s quickly supplanting the SHOT 
Show as the place to introduce new factory 
knives, and many new production pieces were 

Custom Knife Awards 

I lugtl Ban rug I test In Show Richard 

Bed Fantasy Mardi Meshejian 
Best Utility I turner Richard Rogers 
Mum l nnovau've — P.J. Tomes 
Best Fighter- JoeFtoumoy 
Be >i I Eandmade An Ray Rybar 
lies! Folder Richard Rogers 
Best Collaboration Tim Hancock & 

Zaza Revishvili 
Best Miniature Folder Boyd Ash worth 
■i ire lived Blade Jerry Van 

Best Overall Miniature Jerry Van 

Best New Maker Patrick R. Nihiser 
Best Fixed Blade - Steve Rapp 
Best Damascus Design - Josh Smith 
Best Handle Design Joe Szilaski 
Best I landforged Knife -Bailey Brad- 


Knife Display 
Award Winners 

Best In Show John Foresman, Buck 

Judges \wLird GeneMcrritl.Buck 


\ a. i nl Judy & Murray 

Andrews, Buck Fixed Blade & 

Sheath Knives 
Judges' Aw. ii.l Larry Ode n. Buck 

Factory Production Knives 

seen for the first time anywhere ai the BLADE 
Show, (For more on the factory knives that 
debuted at the BLADE Show, see the special 
story on page 1 24.) 

The Knifemakers' Guild and Profes- 
sional Knifemakers Association were well- 
represented m the show, as iu-11 :!.■. utuffiliated 
makers everywhere. Many international 
companies and makers attended — including 
those from England. China, France, Germany, 
Japan, Poland, Russia, South Africa, South 
America. Spain and Taiwan, among others as 
did world leaders in embellishment and knife 
accessories. Antique dealers selling knife 
brands from Aerial to Zwillingswerk and 
everything in-between were in abundance. 

As for knife collectors and knife collec- 
tions, the BLADE Show had its usual array of 
clubs and collectors displaying their best, 
including the Buck Collectors Club, Randall 
Knife Society. Antique Bowie Knife Associa- 
tion, Chattahoochee Cutlery Club, collec- 
tions of knives made by William Scagel and 
George Herron, and collections of exotic 
international, military and many other blades. 
The world's leading puncyors were also on 
hand, selling and buying knives by Bob Love- 
less, Bill Moran, tacticals. multi-blades, art 
knives, utility pieces and many more. Suppliers 
of knifemaking materials, including handles, 
steels, knifemaking equipment and much more 
also were in attendance. And, the American 
Knife & Tool Institute and National Rifle 
Association were on hand to answer any and 
all questions on pro-knife and pro-gun initia- 
tives respectively. 

As the dust continues to settle from this 
year's BLADE Show, there are those who are 
already making plans for the 2002 event, which 
will be May 3 1 -June 2, again at the Cobb 
Galleria, If you listen to Chris Reeve of Chris 
Reeve Knives, you" II want to be among them. 

"I still think the BLADE Show is the most 
important and relevant [knife] show in the 
world today,'" he observed- "[The knife indus- 
try] needs a definitive top-of-the-heap show, 
and the BLADE Show is it." 

For the contact information for the knives in 
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The BLADE Show is fast 
becoming known as 
"knife central" for its 

hot factory knife debuts 


Boker USA's Chuck Hoffman says every 
feature incorporated into the Boker Orca fixed 
blade is there for a reason. Designed In 
conjunction with the German Navy SEALs, the 
titanium-coated XtS blade reportedly is just 
about rust proof except under extreme condi- 
tions. According to Hoffman, the Hytrel® 
handle (similar to Delrln) is virtually unbreak- 
able, the extended tang is suitable for hammer- 
ing, and the blade spine is built for chopping. 

hey're dug in. They're 
'entrenched, ready for the rush. 
They are booth holders ;ii the 
2001 BLADE Show, and the} 
■ h;ue new knives to sell. There is 
optimism in the air bee a use the newest, 
sweetest knives are drawing attention from 
knife dealers, retailers, collectors and cnthu- 
stusis ;il ike. 

"Wlial"-. lien'.'" seems to he the Catcil 

phrase, tile million dollar question. Answer 
that, and you've got the enthusiast's alien- 

"The BLADE Show is knife central. 
Henehrnade tans who approach the booth 
always say. 'Show me the new stuff*.' No 
one wants to see an AI'C'K if the) already 
own three of them," Benchmade's Travis 
Noteboom tells. "That's the key in the 
cutlery industry, to keep coming out with 

124/ BLADE 


HOT gttrfX" 

At ihc LJLADL Show. Benchmade 
banked on the Model 180 Outbounder to 
catch and hold (he waning attention spans 
of today's "click, drag and save" customers 
gathering information at the speed of light. 

Included in the Outbounder' s arsenal of 
hi-tech yet seemingly "retro" features is the 
(act it is the first fixed blade designed by 
Bill Mcllenry and Jason Williams for 
Benchmade. With a drop-point 44QC blade, 
rosewood handle, tapered tang, false edge 
and beefy blade tip. it stretches 7 1/2 
inches, weighs J.J ounces and has a manu- 
facturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of 

"It's traditional, like my father's 
Marine Corp. -issued kit bar. It reminds me 
of a traditional camping knife. The blade 
shape is utilitarian, nol a Ian to or a spear 
poini." Noteboom points out. "The rose- 
wood goes good with the stain color of the 
leather, and the sheath is just plain sturdy." 

(here were scleral traditional knife 
patterns with modern materials debuting at 
I lie show. Of those, quite a few had a mili- 
tary look and feel, and several were collab- 
orations wit)) custom knife-makers such as 
Kn t arson, who designed the M-IN for 
Columbia Ri\er Knife & Tool. Even 
though it is reminiscent of Carson's M-16 
model thai CRKT also offers, there is defi- 
nite!) a newness, a trendy, hi-tech fee] to 
the M- IX. 

"The M-16 is tremendously popular, 
hut there were two ihings about il people 
wanted u\ to adjust," Paul (iillespie 
explains. "They warned a recurved spear- 
point blade, and they were asking for the 
Lake and Walker Knife Safety [LAWKS], 

"Rather than faking a knife that is three 
years old and changing il, we decided to 
make a new model. At the same lime, 
i .i rson's customers were asking him for 
some color. They were saying, 'Show me 
something other than gray.' When Carson 
developed the M-18. he did.it with a 
colored and textured G-10 handle." Gille- 
spie relates. 

flic M-IS works i'W a locking liner and 
showcases a choice of a 3 1 4- or 3 3 4- 
inch AUS-8 blade, a 6061-T6 h.-ird- 
anodi/ed aluminum handle and the Carson 
Hipper to assist opening and acl as a blade 
guard. Depending on blade length, the 
MSRP's ,iic $99.99 and 1109.99, respec- 
ts dy . 

Built BLADE Show Tough 
"Il is a rugged, real working loot." Gillespie 
notes. "'There is nothing shy about whal 
l irson does. lie over-builds things with 
more blade mass for bigger chores 

"Don't sit on it 
Introduce it!" 

— Paul Gillespie 

Gillespie believes ihe BLADE Show has 

grown in importance for introducing new 
knives, "You don't want to vvait until ihe 
S.H.O.T. Show." he says. "Don't sit on it, 
introduce it! I think there's greater competi- 
tion than there has ever been, more demand 
for new product. Customers aren't content 
to sit on their hints and buy old stuff. 

"Fortunately, we are (he great consum- 
ing nation." he remarks 

"Benchmade fans who 

approach the booth 

always say, 'Show me 

the new stuff."' 

— Travis Noteboom 

"What III If)/.' and the HI Mil Show 
have achieved over ihe last couple decades 
is nothing short of sensational to become 
the biggest all-encompassing icnue focused 
on knives." Timherline's John Antrum touts. 
"A vast majority of ihe knife lactones are 
present, and the key custom knifemakers arc 
there. Thai's why the major players [buyers 
and collectors] are coming." 

TimberJine rolled out the carpet for the 
"major players" with the Greg Lightfoot- 
designed /amhe/i fixed blade involving an 
attention-grabbing gnscn-Zyiel * handle with 
black Kraton» si ip-resi slant inserts. The fl- 
inch, epoxy-coated. full-tang 440C blade 
employs what fimlvrline terms a "Lightfool 
millennium Initio grind." The MSRP is 
SI 50. 

"You could use il for survival situations, 
camp chores or for general utility. Ai a 1 4- 
inch thick with a rib of steel that extends all 
the way to the blade tip. n will withstand 
prying even though knives shouldn't be 
used in dial manner." Anlhon says. 

The Timberline CBO talks about 
extreme survivalists field testing the 
Zambezi at South American survival 
schools in the Amazon, nutting rope, wire 
and through dense rain finest \ cgetuliofl, yel 
he admits they don't comprise the bulk of 
his customer base. 

"Police, military and S.W.A.T teams 
are nol a real big market, either, bui ii's 
more romantic hi say you sold a knife So 
them i han In a mechanic," he admits. "In 
reality, the guy who buys the Zambezi 
thinks it's a cool knife and can'l watt In pull 
it out at deer camp and show it to his burn- 
ing buddies." 

Busse Combat Knives capitalizes on the 
stealth tactical look and debuted live such 
pieces at the BLADE Show "Saiin Jack," 
"Paul's Hatchet," "Mister Mojo." "Zero 
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White Busse Combat Knives chose the 
BLADE Show to debut the Satin Jack 
model (top) with a 6-inch INFI blade that 
Jerry Busse describes as "smooth as 
satin. " Benchmade opted to unveil the 
first fixed blade designed for the 
company by Jason Williams and Bill 
McHenry—the Model 180 Outbounder. 

knife wiih a 6-ineh I Ml blade that is as 
"smooth as satin." A multi- timed, canvas- 
M i carta* handle sandwiches a l 4-inch- 
thick full tang, and the entire knife weighs 
I I ounces. It is offered in a combat -grade 
version with a blaek-epoxy-coated blade for 
an MSRPof S227. or in a limited edition of 
1 .000 sal in- finished pieces for $327 each. 

The new wave of military knives 
iik lmle:> lite [inker i Irca li ved blade 
designed in conjunction with the German 
navy SEALS. 

"This is not just something that came off 
the drawing hoard." Chuck Hoffman 
observes. "Everything on this knife is there 
for a reason— iwo lanyard holes, blade serra- 
lions. and a comfortable and durable handle 
made from virtually unbreakable material— 
Hytrel, which is similar to IJclrin«. There is 
an extended full tang for hammering, and the 
blade lucks into the sheath, 

"Most significant is the |titanium- 
eoated] XI5 steel that doesn't rust ai all 

except under very, very extreme condi- 
tions," he says, "like if it was left in sail 
water at an elevaied temperature for a long 
time. It's a field and dive knife for people 
who want the ultimate Sr-AL-type fixed 
blade, if you will." 

Hoffman says the hlade spine is built for 
chopping, that the micro blade serrations are 
ideal for culling webbing, netting and fila- 

"This is not a knife 
that just came off the 
drawing board. Every- 
thing on it is there for 
a reason." 
— Chuck Hoffman 

menl. and other severe blade serrations 
serve for tearing through tougher materials. 
The Orca carries an MSRP of $230. 

"You'll sell more SI ^.95 knives, but this 
is for the guy who wants the best knife." he 
says. "Our niche, or bread and butter for 130 
years, has been in two- and three-blade 
pockctkiuces. but because of our association 
with Col, Rex Applegate. we have eagerly 
looked into military and special-use knives." 

Maybe ihe real story behind the scenes 
at the BLADIi Show isn't the huge number 
of knife debuts, bui the quality of knives 
creeping in from all corners of the exhibi- 
tion hall, 

"We've been squeezing the hundred- 
dollar price poini with a few models over 
the last year." Gillespie says. "The machin- 
ing lime on the M-IN is great, the size of the 
knife is substantial, and AUS-8 is a better 
grade of steel, durable with high edge reten- 
tion li lakes the price up because il i- .i 
premium product for us," 

126/ BLADE 


"When money is tight, people buy qual- 
ity." Noteboom says, "We've got knives in 
production thai are a challenge not only to 
our designers but to our engineers. We don't 
ask. 'Can you get this done for us?' We say, 
'We've got to figure out how to make this.' 

"Where do we source this part out.'" 
Noteboom asks hypothetical ly. "How can 
you go from a [handmade] design to produc- 
tion and make it financially feasible'.' That's 
lough. Collaborations are a big part of 
Benchmade. Arc there other companies 
doing this'.' You bet. It's a good thing and 
the winner is the customer." 

Camillus Cutlery, for one. has had 
success in collaborations with makers of 
tactical folding knives, but the company 
wanted a handmade design to support (he 
traditional, not tactical, end of their line. 

"A Jerry Kisk bowie knife is as tradi- 
tional as you can get," company representa- 
tive Will Fennell says about the Camillus 
Comanchero. "And Fisk is the only knife- 
maker to be named a National Living Trea- 
sure. We'll get as close to Jerry's forged 
bowie in a stock-removal setting as we can. 
This is a beautiful knife." 

Integral to the Comanchero is a 7 1/2- 
inch Hat-ground and satin-finished high- 
earhon-sleel blade, a curly maple handle, 
steel guard and leather sheath. With an 
MSRP of S250 each, the initial run (slotted 
for availability in November) will be limited 
to 500 numbered and dated pieces. 

"We will likely do more next year, but 
this first set of 51 if) will incorporate I lie 'Om 

"A Jerry Fisk bowie 

knife is as traditional 

as you can get.' 

— Will Fennell 


Very Hesi' logo and the year "2001" etched 
into the blade." Fennell notes. (According to 
Fennell, the original line of "GVB" ["Our 
Very Best") pocketknives made by Camillus 
for Hibbard Spencer & Barllclt was 
produced in the I930"s. OVB knives also 
were made by others from l855-el%0.) 

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i debuts 


I The C.A.S. Iberia Ron Lake Folder (left) takes 
I advantage of the success of Lake's interframe 
I designs, in this case employing an ATS-34 blade, 
\a 420 stainless steel frame and a stag handle 
I insert. Not to be outdone, Kniteware introduced 
I new Blackjack knife models, including the Trail 
I Guide II with a 52100 blade, stainless-steel guard 
land classic stacked-leather grip. 

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"We love ^^8 
to introduce knives > 
at the BLADE Show 
because of die amount of ""^B 

mk and press thai result from ^ 
it, as well as the educated, experi- 
enced knife collectors and buyers 
who attend the event." he says. 

"If we had introduced the Comanehero 
at the S.M.O.T. Show, ii would have gotten 
a yawn, but at the ULADE Show, the fact 
that it is a Jerry Kisk design, that lie's a 
National Living Treasure, and that the knife 
will he in a numbered and dated series really 
got these people's blood pumping. 

"I'm seeing a continuing and unprece- 
dented rate of new production knife debuts, 
a continued acceptance of a higher price 
point for factory-made knives and a continu- 
ing increase in quality American-made 
cutlery," Fennell concludes. "There's more 
competition. You've got to get better." 

I'm- the addresses of the knife companies in 
this story, see "Where To Get 'Lin" on page 

"What BLADE and 
the BLADE Show have 
achieved over the past 
two decades is nothing 

short of sensational." 
— John Ant Hon 

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Gerber Gator Cut Hook 
Xikar SlimCut models 

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Van a Con Dios, 



When an old man 
dies, a library burns. 

— African proverb 

Clyde Fischer— knifemaker, avid 
hunter, rodeo star and a lihrary of the 
human experience — passed away 
July 7. He was 68, 

As Blade Magazine Cutlery Hall-Of- 
Famer B.R. Hughes wrote. "Clyde Fischer was 
the man every littie hoy thinks he's going to be, 
and every old man wishes he had been.'' 

"Not one of us who knew Clyde can say 
that they heard all of the stories he liad to tell 
and all ofthe stories about him." noted Jeffrey 
Harris, ABS board director and veteran knife 
collector. "We will be telling of Clyde Fischer 
for many decades to come, and his memory 
will warm our hearts." 

At 16, Clyde was bringing home "bell 
buckles, cash and saddles" from his perfor- 
mances on the pro rodeo circuit. At 22, a bull 
stomped on him and cost him a kidney — and 
almost his life. Doctors !oid him - not to ride 
again if he wanted to see 30. Six months later 
he won another trophy buckle before friends 
and family convinced him to forsake bronc- 
and-bull riding. 

Having learned from his blacksmith father 
how to make knives, Clyde started building his 
own pieces in the late "50's. He used stock 
removal lo profile, grind and polish the blade, 
and the selective heat treating employed by 
bladesmiths to give the blade a hard edge and a 
soft back. He sold every one of the knives he 
displayed at his first show in Houston and look 
several orders. "Right there, on the spol, I 
decided I had a future as a maker," he said. In 
the late *60's, thanks in targe pari to a story on 
Fischer in Texas Outdoors, the prices of his 
knives jumped from S25-S35 to a "whopping" 
S50 each, where they remained for over a 
decade. In 1972, the high regard with which he 
was held by his fellow cullers was reflected in 
his election to the board of directors of The 
Knifemafcers' Guild. 

An avid hunter. Fischer worked as a guide 
at Ihc famous Y.O. Ranch and. among other 

130 /BLADE 

Clyde Fischer passes on but his legacy 

of working knives and living life to the 

limit will endure 

By BLADE® staff 



hunting hogs 
with a knife. In 
the nud-'7Q's. he 
fill til led a lifelong 
dream and went on 
an African safari. 

In 1 985, Fischer 
suffered a stroke thai left 
the right-hander's right arm 
and leg partially paralyzed. 
Just when ii seemed his cutlery 
career was over, he taught himself 
lo make knives left-handed. Sure, 
the resulting pieces weren't as slick 
as his earlier ones, but who eared? He 
was back in the saddle again! 

He fell and broke his hip in 1990 and 
underwent two hip-replacement opera- 
tions — and still continued to make km\ es, 
the only concession being he bfued his 
blades instead of giving them his standard 
mirror polish. By the mid-'Ws he concen- 
trated more on customizing versions of the 
Remington XP-100 single-shot pistol, exhibit- 
ing his handguns at Safari Club meetings and 
the like. The knives he was making went 
mainly to old hunting buddies. Incidentally, he 
recorded the largest whiletail buck ever killed 
in the USA with a handgun — and dressed it 
with a Fischer knife. 

While his knives may have been crude 
looking by today's standards, there was noth- 
ing crude about the way they performed in the 
field. Clyde was a hunter and he knew how to 
make a hunling knife ihat would skin a buck in 

a heartbeat. BLADE& field editor Wayne 
Goddard pulled no punches when he wrote: 

"Most knives arc made by people who 
have never got the guts out of, or the hide off, 
an animal. Most have never even whittled a 
stick lo a point with one of their knives Wlui 
they know about design they learned by look- 
ing at pictures. Their designs are from a draw- 
ing board or whatever. Clyde Fischer knew 
whal made a knife work. He made real 

Clyde Fischer's knives may have 
been crude by today's stan- 
dards, but there was nothing 
crude about the way they 
performed in the field, such 
as this folder with Clyde's 
trademark fish logo. For 
more on Fischer, see 
B.R, Hughes's "The 
John Wayne of 
m Handmade 

Blades" in the 
September '98 


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